Katherine Zappone is an internationally-recognised political and social leader, with extensive experience in politics, social entrepreneurship, non-governmental organisations, and academia. By envisioning and building coalitions to support radical social change and substantive equality, Zappone has succeeded in securing constitutional and institutional reform to support equality, social justice, and the reduction of poverty in Ireland.
During her time in Irish politics she acquired ministerial office in Ireland, leading a large and cross-cutting, high-budget department. As a Minister, she brought her vision for equality and social change to the Council meetings of Ministers for Youth in the European Union, and to high-level interstate gatherings in the United Nations including the Security Council and General Assembly. As a Public Representative Katherine brought a wealth of experience working at grassroots level, with An Cosán and Childhood Development Ireland, two of her initiatives, sitting at the heart of Dublin South West.