A former United States Ambassador to Austria. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to Austria Kathryn Hall had a distinguished career in business and civic organizations.
She was the President of Kathryn Hall Vineyards, Inc., President of Walt Management, Inc., an inner-city housing and development company, and Managing Director and Partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc., an investment firm. Ambassador Hall began her public career as Assistant City Attorney in Berkeley, California.
Later she joined Safeway Stores, where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the nation's first and largest affirmative action programs. Subsequently she worked as an attorney and businesswoman in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Hall has been a leader in numerous business organizations, including the Dallas area Chambers of Commerce, Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Texas Retailors Association. Long committed to social issues, Kathryn Hall has served on numerous non-profit and institutional boards, addressing issues related to social care and mental health. She cofounded the North Texas Food Bank; served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee; and she was the Director/Vice President of the Texas Mental Health Association.
In 1995, she was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Violence Against Women. She has also served as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Kathryn Walt Hall earned an A.B. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She speaks French and German. She is married to Craig Hall, and is mother of two children and stepmother of four children.