Kathy Kowalski attended University of Maryland Baltimore County, then University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in Special Education. She grew up in Annapolis and volunteered with the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater, Colonial Players and Children’s Theater of Annapolis. She moved to Queen Anne’s County in 1998, volunteered in her children’s classrooms, then became a substitute teacher and served on various committees for the Board of Education. She has been with the Maryland General Assembly since 1989, working for a Delegate from Baltimore City, then with the House Appropriations Committee as the Sub-committee Coordinator. She currently works as an Human Resources for the Maryland Legislative Services Department.