Katherine (Kathy) Feldman is a Miami native and resides in Coral Gables, FL. She and her husband, Bennett, a practicing attorney, are the parents of a 33 year-old adult son, who was diagnosed at birth with a rare chromosomal anomaly (xxyy) resulting in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their son has attended the Learning Experience School in Miami almost exclusively since 1986. The school was founded by a small group of parents in 1977, for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has grown from a pre-school/elementary program to an accredited “special needs” high school and adult program. Kathy and her husband have been actively involved with the School since 1986, and Kathy was one of the first parents to serve as president of the Association of Parents and Teachers. Kathy also served as one of the original board members of Parent to Parent of Miami, a community parent resource center for families of children and adults with all disabilities.
While parenting a child with special needs, Kathy worked full time and held various positions at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. During the span of her 38-year federal career, she worked for 2 U.S. District Judges and held various management positions within the court. She served the last 8 years of her federal court career as Clerk of Court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and retired in 2015. Kathy is also an active board member of the Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) and served on their executive Board in 2008/09.