Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. She has also been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, HP, and Bell Communications Research. She served as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all of the university’s engineering programs. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE AESS and an officer of the society. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from CalTech. She has emphasized collaborative leadership to successfully advance the mission of IEEE by making high-level leadership contributions across a wide spectrum of IEEE activities and technical communities. Her board-level roles include service as IEEE Secretary and chair of Governance, IEEE Region 6 Director, and as chair of the 2023 IEEE Ad Hoc on Innovating Funding Models.