Katherine Zappone


Katherine Zappone is an educator, public policy and management expert.  She is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission, appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2001 and re-appointed in 2006.  As a former CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, she represented its membership in Ireland and internationally, contributed to public policy-making and directed its research programme.  She has also taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin.  She led and established the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Ltd, a 10 year strategy and service implementation programme to improve outcomes for children and families, co-funded by the Irish Government and Atlantic Philanthropies. 

She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children’s services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights.    Katherine has a PhD (Boston College), MBA (Smurfit Business, UCD) and MA (Catholic University of America), and has completed a recent programme in research methodologies in educational technologies with the Open University in the UK. She has also trained in leadership and mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Selected Publications

The Hope for Wholeness: A Spirituality for Feminists. (USA: Twenty-Third Publications, 1991)

Love and Social Change: Reflecting on a Model of Community Education, Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone. (Dublin: 2006).

Our Lives Out Loud: In Pursuit of Justice and Equality, Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone. Foreword by Desmond Tutu. (Dublin: The O’Brien Press, 2008)

Re-Thinking Identity: The Challenge of Diversity. Dublin: Joint Equality and Human Rights Forum, 2002.