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Cathey W. Steinberg

Steinberg, CatheyCathey W. Steinberg has served as an advocate on behalf of consumers and families for more than 25 years as Georgia’s first independent Consumers’ Insurance Advocate, a business owner of an advocacy training and strategic planning company, a state legislator, and ,most recently, as Executive Director of a non-profit serving troubled youth.

Steinberg served from July 1999 through March 2003 as Georgia’s first Consumers’ Insurance Advocate, whose primary responsibility was to protect and promote consumers’ interests on insurance matters.  Based on her long-standing reputation as a consumer and family advocate, in July 1999, Governor Barnes appointed Steinberg to this important position as an independent voice for Georgians on insurance issues. During her tenure, this office became nationally recognized and Steinberg was appointed a Consumer Representative with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners..

Steinberg previously spent a total of 14 years in the state legislature. She served in the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1989 and in the Senate from 1991 to 1993.  In 1992, she ran for the United States Congress and won the Democratic nomination but lost the general election by less than a one-percentage point margin. 

As a state legislator, Steinberg was involved in issues concerning families and health care as well as energy and the environment. She was instrumental in the passage of legislation regarding victims’ compensation, child support, family medical leave, and the State Commission on Family Violence.  She served on the House Rules Committee and, in the Senate, chaired the Human Development Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee and the Aging and Human Ecology Subcommittee of the Youth, Aging, and Human Ecology Committee.  She also served on the Senate Judiciary and Ethics Committees.

Additional legislative achievements include a landmark law to regulate land use by requiring impact studies before re-zonings (the Steinberg Act), the Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights, the Georgia Child Care Council, under-age drinking laws, and tax relief for senior citizens.

After her congressional race, she developed and was managing partner of Ahead of the Curve, a public policy consulting and advocacy training firm she founded. During her eight-year tenure, Steinberg worked with several advocacy groups on a wide range of issues such as teen pregnancy prevention and issues important to people with disabilities and their families, such as accessible housing, community-based services, and employment.

Steinberg has served on the advisory boards of the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Lung Association.  She was a member of the Executive Committee of the United Way’s Community and Government Relations Division, the Council on Elder Abuse, and the Governor’s Statewide DUI Task Force and Leadership Atlanta. She has been  a current member of the Carter Center Board of Councilors and the International Women’s Forum. 

Steinberg has received numerous awards, including a Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Council on Aging, an honorary life membership in the Georgia Parent Teacher Association, and a Certificate of Appreciation for her legislative efforts against child abuse and drunk driving.   In the June/July 2000 edition of Business to Business Magazine, Steinberg was identified as a “Diva”, one of Atlanta’s most dynamic women.  Similarly, in 2001, Steinberg was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s 100 most influential citizens and by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians of the Year.

Steinberg received a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and earned her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. 

From September 05 through September 07, Steinberg served as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Fund, a non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of troubled youth from the Fulton County Juvenile Court and other community resources. Focusing on difficult problems that most agencies do not address, such as sexual exploitation of children and serious family dysfunction, the Juvenile Justice Fund has a seven-year record of delivering innovative, effective interventions for youth and children who come to a juvenile court. 

Steinberg is currently enjoying her family (3 grandchildren), and traveling.  She is consulting and doing project work as needed.

Patricia Reid Lindner

Lindner, PatriciaPatricia Reid Lindner lives in Aurora, Illinois and served in the legislature for 16 years from 1992 to 2008. She was a member of the House Republican Leadership team and served as the Assistant Minority Leader. She served on several key state committees, including Judiciary II – Criminal Law, Child Support Enforcement, and Adoption Reform. She also served on Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations, Banking, Labor, Gaming, and Environmental Health. Lindner was appointed to serve on the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Juvenile Justice Transition Team.

Before entering the legislature, Representative Lindner was a family law attorney. She previously served as a court appointed attorney for the Kane County Juvenile Court and was an Assistant Public Defender.

Representative Lindner has a lengthy history of involvement in the governmental and political processes, dating back to her work in five congressional campaigns for her mother, former U.S. Congresswoman Charlotte T. Reid. She is a life-long Republican and active in her community.

Representative Lindner received a Bachelor of Science degree in speech from Northwestern University. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in political science from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Illinois University.

Jean Sinzdak

Sinzdak, JeanJean Sinzdak is the Director of CAWP's Program for Women Public Officials, aimed at increasing the impact of women in politics and making political women’s leadership more effective through national, regional, and local events and programs for women officeholders, candidates, and campaign operatives. She is a key staff member for The 2012 Project, a national nonpartisan campaign to recruit women to run for office in 2012, and helps coordinate project faculty, communications, and campaign strategy. Sinzdak also manages CAWP’s New Jersey initiatives, including Ready to Run™, a bipartisan effort to recruit and train women to run for all levels of office, and the Bipartisan Coalition for Women's Appointments.  She was instrumental in the development of the Diversity Initiative of Ready to Run™ New Jersey, designed to attract more women of color to the political process.  Sinzdak is currently developing a national network of campaign trainings for women, using Ready to Run™ New Jersey program as the model. Prior to joining CAWP, she served as director of outreach and communications at the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC. Prior to IWPR, she worked at the Council for Urban Economic Development, also in Washington, DC. Sinzdak received a Master of Social Work, specializing in social and economic development, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a B.A. in English from the University of Scranton. 

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