Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was sworn in as Chester County Commissioner on January 6, 2008 and was re-elected to office on November 8, 2011. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board since 2011.
Commissioner Cozzone has identified workforce development as one of her top priorities, and in 2012 she joined the Chester County Workforce Investment Board, which allows her help set programs and policies that positively affect people struggling with unemployment and underemployment. In 2012, she also became a member of the Chester County Conservation District Board.
In the Fall of 2012, Commissioner Cozzone was deeply honored to be chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Leon H. Sullivan Award by the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center. In selecting Cozzone for this award it was said that, "We particularly appreciate your care and commitment to maintaining a flourishing work community and supporting access to economic self-sufficiency for the most disadvantaged among us."
In the Spring of 2012, Commissioner Cozzone was pleased to be honored, along with her Board of Commissioner colleagues, with the prestigious Literacy Heroes " Medical Health" award for support of the Chester County Library's " Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies" initiative. She was also honored by the Pennsylvania Library Association.
Additionally, Kathi was very proud to be formally recognized by the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 90. This award was given to Kathi for her efforts to help establish the first monument to Disabled American Veterans in Chester County. The DAV monument now stands on County property, outside the historic Chester County Courthouse.
As the mother of a young son, Commissioner Cozzone has a strong interest in advocating for our youth, and she sits on the Advisory Board of the Child Advocacy Center of Chester County. Kathi also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chester County Art Association and the United Way of Chester County. She is an ex-officio member of the Chester County Economic Development Council and served on the Board of Chester County Industrial Development Association from 2008-2011.
In November of 2010, Commissioner Kathi Cozzone graduated from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Academy for Excellence in County Government. Graduates of the Academy must complete extensive coursework which spans diverse topics pertaining to the functions, responsibilities and intricacies of running county government.
After graduating from the Academy, Commissioner Cozzone was invited in 2011 to join the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Resolutions Committee. The Committee is responsible for receiving proposed resolutions from members and CCAP committees, comparing them for consistency with the CCAP mission, and preparing them for consideration by the delegates to the Annual Conference; eventually yielding the CCAP policy statement.
In the Summer of 20212, Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was elected District Five Representative of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). As District Representative, Kathi represents Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. As a newly elected Board member, Kathi will have a role in setting legislative, policy and program priorities for the State's County Commissioners Association. She is looking forward to joining this Board and increasing her commitment to CCAP.
Commissioner Kathi Cozzone brings a versatile corporate financial background to the highest office in Chester County government. After earning a BS degree in Accounting from the College of New Jersey, Kathi’s 20-year career in industry included a succession of increasingly responsible financial management positions. She managed large and complex budgets in several industries, most recently as Corporate Business Manager at Rodale, Inc., a world renowned publisher of books and magazines. At Rodale, Kathi provided financial management to the Information Technology, Operations and Administrative departments for the entire corporation. In that capacity, she was responsible for annual budget preparation and multi-year strategic planning for both operating and capital expenditures.
Prior to joining Rodale, Kathi began her career as a staff accountant, worked nine years in various business and financial management positions at Macmillan Publishing Company, was a Controller at a startup software company, and was Director of Treasury Operations in a managed services, e-commerce and networks systems business.
Kathi resides in Uwchlan Township with her husband Victor and their ten year-old son Victor.
Commissioner Cozzone appreciates the opportunities that she is given as County Commissioner to serve all the citizens of Chester County. As she often says, “We should celebrate the many successes in Chester County, but we must recognize that we still face many challenges. I believe that there is nothing wrong in Chester County that cannot be fixed by what is right about Chester County.”