Kathy Levinson

Entrepreneur in Oakland, California

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Formerly the Chief Operating Officer and President of E*Trade Financial, Kathy Levinson played a key role in the revolution of the financial services industry. During her four-year term with this company, she utilized her leadership talents to revolutionize online investing. Prior to joining E*Trade in 1996, Kathy Levinson spent 13 years at Charles Schwab, where she held several senior executive positions. Today, Ms. Levinson channels her experience in the financial services industry as a member of the Advisory Council of Illuminate Ventures and as the Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investment consortium that is dedicated to delivering above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. A resident of the San Francisco Bay area, Kathy Levinson spends much of her time advocating and volunteering within her communities, focusing on social justice and civil rights issues. The Founder of the Lesbian Equity Foundation, she previously served as the Co-Chair of Equality California, the largest state LGBT lobbying organization in the country. Also an active member of the Jewish community, Levinson was President of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School's board of directors between 2004 and 2008 and served on the boards of the San Francisco Jewish Federation and the Albert C Schultz Jewish Community Center. Kathy Levinson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University in 1977. During her collegiate years, she played field hockey, basketball, and tennis, and holds the distinction of being the school's only three-sport varsity athlete. Ms. Levinson returned to school in the late 1980s, studying professional management development at Harvard Business School. She is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, world-renowned Jewish leadership development program and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

  • Work
    • Illuminate Ventures
  • Education
    • Stanford University