Date of Birth:

October 16


Social Justice & Community


A woman of the community and rebirth, Kathy Córdova is a 1985 graduate of San José State University in the Social Science department. While attending SJSU, she was the student body president and was involved with the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MeCHA), the LGBTQ+ community and Greek life. As a student, she developed great interpersonal skills working with diverse communities and environments. Her abilities to connect with people have allowed Córdova to be involved in community building for over 30 years. She is the founder of Recovery Café, a healing community for people traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. As a woman who has experienced the challenges of addiction, Córdova’s metamorphosis has helped those with similar trauma work on transforming their lives.

Honoree Photo Credit:
Robert Bain


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