Kathy started her environmental career in 1974 and has worked on numerous local, state and national campaigns. She has worked for Clean Water Action over 20 years in a variety of capacities. She maintains an MPA from George Mason University and received her Bachelors from George Washington University. Before Clean Water Action, Aterno worked on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff for former Congressman David Bonior (D-MI) and Congressman Bill Richardson (D-NM). During the first term of the Clinton Administration, Aterno worked for the EPA Administrator Carol Browner.