Katheryn Frierson

Board Vice President and Member of the Finance Committee

Katheryn Frierson believes in empowering individuals to help themselves, and Ventures’ focus on business education to help launch low income entrepreneurs was what drew her to serve on the Board.  As a member of the Board and the Finance Committee since 2013, she has seen first-hand how Ventures’ holistic and long-term supportive approach to micro-businesses leads to better outcomes and success for the hundreds of Ventures clients who are making their mark with a myriad of small  businesses all over the Puget Sound region.   These Ventures clients, who overcome so many odds and obstacles in order to build and sustain their businesses are truly inspiring.  Katheryn is privileged to help support them through Ventures.

Katheryn is an attorney specializing in criminal law.  She has been committed in her career and outside activities to public service and education.  Getting involved in Ventures was a natural extension of her passion to educate and open doors to opportunities for individuals who otherwise would not have believed such opportunities were meant for them.

Katheryn is the daughter of immigrants from South Korea, and grew up as part of an immigrant community that relies heavily on launching and sustaining small businesses in order to gain an economic foothold here in the States.  As a result, she understands well the struggles but also the huge promise such small-businesses have in moving families and especially the next generation, out of financial insecurity to taking part in the American dream.

Katheryn reached Seattle via Chicago where she was an associate with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, focusing on commercial litigation.  She has a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Williams College.  Katheryn is a mother of three, and an avid hiker, mountain climber, and thinks she can cook.

Katheryn brings skills in law, financial analysis, and communications/marketing.