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Kathy Kuhner was inducted into the Non-Traditional Careers category in 2010.

My Story

Kathy Kuhner, mother of 10 children, is a self-made woman. She has had successful stints as a therapist, community organizer and now, as a real estate developer - a field that is almost exclusively male-dominated. She began her current career renovating homes in Contra Costa County, then moved back to Alameda County in 1999 and started Dogtown Development, initially developing properties and revitalizing Oakland's Dogtown neighborhood. Her company now develops property throughout Oakland and over the past decade, has completed 26 projects representing over 100 new homes, condominiums and lofts.