Dr. Kathryn Icenhower was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly in September 2011. She is the CEO of SHIELDS for Families, a private community-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and advocating for high-risk families in South Los Angeles. This nationally-recognized organization with a $27 million annual budget provides comprehensive services to more than 7,000 families annually through its 35 substance abuse, child welfare, mental health, children and youth, and support services programs.

She has worked in the substance abuse and child welfare fields for over 30 years in both clinical and administrative positions and has remained at the forefront of the field as an advocate for comprehensive and collaborative services for high risk communities. Icenhower sits on numerous local, state and federal coalitions and advisory boards, including the California State Child Welfare Council, and was a founding member of the California Perinatal Treatment Network and the National Family Centered Treatment Director's Coalition. She also serves as a consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) and has assisted the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with policy development for family centered treatment, as well as providing technical assistance on child welfare initiatives nationally through Casey Family Programs.

In 2005, Icenhower was given an "Innovator Award" from CSAT for her work in family centered treatment. In 2009, she received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her piloting efforts in the child welfare and substance abuse fields. And in 2011, Icenhower was recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the 50 most influential women in Los Angeles.

Icenhower received her BSSW from Ohio State University and her MSW and PhD from the University of Southern California.