Alumni Stories

Kathy Baczko (I’68)

Director, Clinton Climate Initiative, William J. Clinton Foundation

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Kathy Baczko

Having lived in France as a teenager, Baczko felt right at home on Georgetown’s international campus. She believes that “Jesuit values seep into life” at Georgetown. Here, she remembers the influence of Revs. Bill McFadden, S.J., and Joseph F. Sweeney, S.J., the lifelong friends she made—including Bill Clinton (F’68) and her husband Joe (F’67)—and the value of Ignatian retreats. Baczko is a community activist, and Georgetown is one of her primary “causes,” along with political campaigns, women’s issues and few special nonprofits. Baczko is director of the Clinton Climate Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation.

With three children as fellow alumni, Baczko is a “Hoya Mom”. She has held many leadership positions in the Georgetown community, including president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association, member of the board of governors and board of regents, chair of the capital campaign kickoff, steering committee member for the “Georgetown Forever” capital campaign and member of the School of Languages and Linguistics Board of Advisors, where she advised against the reorganization that combined the school with the College. She has also been honored with the John Carroll Award and William Gaston Alumni Award.

Additional Resources

William J. Clinton Foundation

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