Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Kathleen Peters moved to Pinellas County in 1985 and raised her four sons in St. Petersburg and the beaches. She received her BA in Human Development from Eckerd College and her AA degree from St. Petersburg College. Kathleen has owned and operated a business in St. Pete Beach, and in serving with the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, the YMCA, and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, she has extensive ties to the Pinellas community and businesses.
Serving southwest Pinellas County in the Florida House of Representatives (2012 - 2018), Rep. Peters served as Chair of the Energy and Utilities Committee. She also served as a member of the Commerce and Ways & Means Committees and on the Children, Families, & Seniors Subcommittee. Her legislative achievements range from reforming Florida’s mental health system, to protecting utility ratepayers from creative billing, securing funding to protect and re-nourish our beaches and waterways, to tightening reporting requirements when sewage is released into the environment.
As a State Representative, Kathleen passed several bills that benefit Floridians in Pinellas and across the state, including reducing taxes for apartment and condominium owners. In the name of a local teenage girl who lost her life in a boating accident, Rep. Peters passed legislation for better boater safety requirements. She also spearheaded a social marketing campaign, “Who knew?” to bring attention to the true face of the homeless population, veterans, single moms, and children.
In her role with the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, Kathleen coordinated a statewide advocacy group to develop a legislative agenda for positive youth policies associated with juvenile justice. She also coordinated a group of more than seventy youth for developing program criteria and acquiring funding to open a local teen center as a millennium youth legacy project in Pinellas Park.
In 2001, she began work at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg as grant manager and later as the Financial Development Director. Along with developing numerous partnerships for the YMCA, Kathleen built consensus to identify strategies to combat the elevated rate of school suspensions and school related arrests among middle school students. This research resulted in the development of the award-winning YMCA Youth Enhancement Skills Program, which demonstrated strong positive outcomes. In 2004, Kathleen presented this award-winning program at a Congressional Briefing for the U.S. House and Senate.