Kathy Allavie Mrs. Kathy Allavie

Kathy Allavie has a long history with Riverside and RUSD schools. Her roots go back to her grandmother attending All-Girls High School before Poly became co-ed. Her father was class president at Old Poly. She herself attended Emerson, Alcott, Victoria, and Harrison Elementary Schools, Chemawa Middle School and Poly High School. Her three daughters have attended Poly, King and North. She earned her BA at USC, majoring in Journalism/PR, in 1976.

Ms. Allavie was first elected to the RUSD School Board in 2005, and is currently beginning her fourth term. She was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Commission for Teacher Credentialing, a commission that oversees all teacher training and credential programs in the state. As a longtime volunteer, Kathy has chaired the City of Riverside's Youth Action Plan and has served on over 25 community non-profit boards. She was president of the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, Junior League and National Charity League, as well as PTA President at three schools. She was awarded the 2004 YWCA Woman of Achievement award, the 2005 Family Services Family of the Year for Volunteerism and the Junior League Silver Raincross. Kathy was named the Volunteer of the Year at Amelia Earhart Middle School twice and once at John W. North High School. She was honored by the City of Riverside with the Spirit Award for outstanding volunteerism, in September 2011, by Assemblyman Medina as a 61st Assembly District Woman of Distinction in 2015, and by the UCR Citizen’s University Committee in 2018.

Kathy Allavie

Kathy is a big believer in the fine arts, and supports music, art and theater in Riverside schools. She developed the 2018 ART FLOAT, the largest community art installation in Riverside’s history, as well as GHOSTWALK Riverside, the Giant Orange Project and many more. She is also a big supporter of STEM education, and has helped develop a scholarship to assist new UCR teachers entering RUSD. She believes that strengthening Riverside schools will benefit, not only our children, but our city and our future as well. 

Kathy can be reached by email at or by phone at 951-788-7135, ext. 80417.

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