Clackamas County Leadership Academy

Kathleen Rastetter Kathleen Rastetter

Department: County Counsel
Title: Senior County Counsel
Location: PSB 42nd floor
Years with County: 13

A brief introduction:

Kathi earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law, Order of the Coif (top percentage of the class). She was a partner in a Portland law firm where she practiced employment, appellate, tort and business law. She is a Senior County Counsel with the County, representing the Assessor, the Treasurer, H3S and other departments, providing legal advice and representation. Kathi is a graduate of the Oregon State Bar Leadership College and the Clackamas County Leadership Academy. She lives in the County with her husband.

Why I am interested in serving as an advisor:

I had a wonderful experience with my advisor, who generously provided support, advice, encouragement and insight as I went through the Leadership Academy. I would like to provide the same help to someone this year. I also act as a mentor for law students, which has been a fulfilling experience for me. I believe that serving as an advisor will enrich my life, in addition to providing guidance to an academy member. It would be my pleasure to give back in some small way for the generosity shown to me by my advisor.

My strengths in leadership are:

Both my job and the Leadership Academy helped me develop the skills to become a good listener, communicate well, and work through a problem in a mutually satisfying way for those involved.

Favorite quotes:

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson

“Life is what happens while you’re making plans.” John Lennon