Kathleen O'Brien was born in Iowa and raised on the family farm with eight brothers and sisters. She is the product of a small public school system and graduated from University of Northern Iowa, a public university. Her public education experience prepared her for an interesting and productive life.
Kathleen has been interested in public policy and political science since grammar school. Her father was involved in the National Farmer's Association's efforts to organize farmers around the issue of fair market prices for their products. The conversations and debates that took place around the family dinner table were the inspiration for her interest in fair play in government.
Kathleen has lived and worked in many parts of the United States: Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Southern California, Western Pennsylvania, Georgia, Minnesota and Arizona. The cultures unique to each of these places informed her work to not only protect the right to vote but to engage others on the subject of the power of the vote.
Kathleen has made her living in the healthcare industry, managing and administering medical practices across the United States. It was a good career choice for someone who relocated often, enjoyed constant challenge and working with smart people. Kathleen retired from Pediatric Surgeons of Phoenix in April 2015. Her volunteer work has included Habitat for Humanity, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Kids Voting AZ, Arizona Small Dog Rescue and serving as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman.
Kathleen and her husband Bruce Mosby, live in the Moon Valley area with three dogs and three cats, in addition to fosters from Arizona Small Dog Rescue. She lists one of her hobbies as "Animal Husbandry."