Kathy Augustine was the first woman to be elected Nevada State Controller. A former state Senator, she Chaired the Legislative Affairs and Operations Committee and was Vice Chairman of Taxation and the Human Resources and Facilities Committees. She also served as a State Assemblywoman.
She held a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Cal State Long Beach.
She served as a Delegate to Russia and the Ukraine with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) in 1993 and was selected as an Executive Committee Member to the Biennial Assembly of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders (AAYPL) in Paris, France in 1995.
She participated in the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship Program and was also selected for the Flemming Fellows Leadership Institute’s Class of 1996. In 1999, she attended The Governors Center at Duke University Strategic Leadership for State Executives and, in 2000, graduated from the Greater Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce Leadership program. In 2001, she completed the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
Ms. Augustine was awarded a Lyndon B. Johnson Internship Grant in 1975 and worked in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional Intern for the 38th District of California. She was a recipient of the American Legion Achievement Medallion, the Community Partners Family Resource Center 1998 Community Service Award of Excellence, the 1998 National Republican Legislators Association, Legislator of the Year, Nevada Opera Theatre's International Friendship Award (2003), and the Augustus Society's Italian American of the Year (2003).
The Controller was the former Chair of the Electrical Industry Restructuring Committee for the Council of State Governments - WEST (CSG-WEST) and the past Chairman of the Trade and Transportation Task Force Subcommittee for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). She also served on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Women’s NETWORK Board of Directors representing the Western region from 1996 - 1998 and was the Nevada State Director for Women in Government from 1997-1998.
She served on the Family and Child Treatment Advisory Committee and was a member of the Government Finance Officers Association. She was on the State Board of Finance, the Department of Transportation Board of Directors, the Executive Branch Audit Committee, and the former Chair of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) International Committee. She was also a Trustee for the Center for Governmental Financial Management and the NASACT representative on the Electronic Benefits and Services (EBS) Council where she Chairs the Strategic Expansion and Advanced Technology Committee.