Meet Kathy Albiani

You can’t be a member of Impact100 Greater Sacramento and NOT know Kathy Albiani! Kathy is not only our Education Focus Committee Chair, but also is the Lead for all of our Focus Group Chairs.

Kathy has always been involved with the Sacramento community and retired after a number of years teaching. She brings so much experience as the Education Focus Chair – ask her about her incredible experiences! A graduate of Sac State, she and her husband are third generation Sacramentans, with two adult kids. Both are achievers and show great leadership qualities after attending Jesuit and St. Francis locally, and then Cal Poly SLO and UC Berkeley. In fact, her daughter is already giving back by being a member of our Education Focus Committee.

Thank you, Kathy, for helping to transform our community with Impact100! 

Fun Facts: 

Why did you join Impact100?

Honestly, because my friend told me to! While my kids were growing up, I was highly involved in organizations like Girl Scouts, 4-H, and the SPCA. I missed having that type of involvement in my community, and with my kids now having graduated college, I was looking for something that would provide some activities, volunteer work and ability to meet and make new friends. Once I learned about the Impact100 concept, I knew I found what I was looking for.  

What is your favorite aspect about Impact100?

I love that we can grant such a large sum of money to deserving nonprofits that transforms their organization, while knowing those funds stay in our Greater Sacramento area. I also love the new friendships and dynamic women I would not have met otherwise.  

What is your favorite restaurant?

For a good fast casual restaurant, I enjoy Obo. If it’s a more upscale night out, it’s Waterboy and Fats. We also love a good brunch, and right now that’s Brasserie du Monde.  

What are your hobbies?

My favorite activity is hiking with my family and our dog, Ruby, who can outpace us on just about every trail. Some of my favorite hikes are into Desolation Wilderness via Echo Lake.

I also used to scrapbook all of our family’s adventures while the kids were growing up, and I love plants and became obsessed with succulents after my son started at Cal Poly SLO, which has an amazing plant sale. I even started an Instagram account (mysucclife)! I took golf lessons last year and enjoy playing with friends and family (but I top out at about 8 holes!). 

What are your favorite travel destination(s)? 

Anywhere with water. I love a good beach, lake or river. Although we loved Capitola during summer breaks, and have travelled to several European countries, my favorite vacation is to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico every Thanksgiving holiday. We have been going for more than 20 years with my husband’s whole family – we are 30+ people this year!

What is a place you haven’t traveled, but would love to visit?

I would love to go to Africa and go on safari. Being an avid animal lover, this is definitely on my bucket list.

If you could have an hour lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Definitely my parents! My dad died when my daughter was only 9 months old and never met my son. My mom passed in 2006 so she only got to see my kids until they were 5 and 7. I’d love to catch them up on my family – I think they would be so proud.  I miss them terribly still even though it’s been so long.

What is one thing we should know about you?

I walk my border collie at least three miles every day and always listen to audiobooks. If you have a great book recommendation, come chat with me at the next Impact100 mixer. 

With our March Member Jen Peters, it’s all about family, AND community! A dedicated mom of adult twins, Jen has been a big part of Impact100 Greater Sacramento since its inception and currently serves on the Nominating Committee. In addition, she and Janay Parkinson co-chair the Special Events Committee (a true Dynamic Duo!) so get ready for some fun this year!

After achieving a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, Jen returned home to Sacramento for a career in the banking industry where she met her to-be husband, Ken. Later leaving career behind to focus full-time on her twins, Jack and Emma, Jen contributed to the Sacramento community as a member of Junior League and the National Charity League. Even though both twins eventually decided to attend college out of the area (San Luis Obispo and San Diego), she and Ken manage to shoehorn in constant family time as well.

With Jack and Emma nearly out of college, and more time on her hands, Jen is helping to transform our community with Impact100.  Thank you, Jen!

Why did you join Impact100?

I joined Impact100 because I was so intrigued by the concept of 100 women having the ability to make such an “impact” on the Greater Sacramento community. So many of us are philanthropic and charitable, but alone cannot make much of a difference for a nonprofit. Collectively, we can make a transformational difference. That’s exciting!

What is your favorite aspect about Impact100?

My favorite aspect of Impact100 is the fact that we are a group of strong women (all bringing different skills and talents) that have collaborated to launch this unique organization in Sacramento. Together we can create change and opportunity in our own community – all while having a great time doing it!

What is your favorite restaurant?

Mikuni.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy reading, movies, red wine and traveling…not necessarily in that order.

What are your favorite travel destination(s)?

Maui is my family’s happy place.

What is a place you haven’t traveled, but would love to visit?

Australia

If you could have an hour lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would love the opportunity to have one last lunch with my grandmother who has been gone over 20 years. I’d love the chance to ask all the questions I never asked, to make sure she knew the profound impact she had on me, and how much she was loved and cherished.