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Kathy Saechou

Kathy’s ethnicity is Mien-American, and her family’s history is deeply rooted in Northern Laos. She was born and raised here in Oak Park, Sacramento, and her family, background and community are the core reasons why she chose an educational and career path in planning. Community is a very important aspect in Kathy’s life and is the main reason why she chose Valley Vision. 

Professional experience

Before joining Valley Vision, Kathy interned as a planning technician at Yolo County Transportation District, supporting the planning staff in delivering essential multimodal transportation services to various communities throughout the Yolo County region. During her time there, she worked with staff on various tasks that included outreach to community-based organizations and implementation of public transit to communities in need. She also worked alongside senior and executive staff on the mega-regional project, the Yolo Managed Lanes Project. 


Bachelor of Arts in Geography- Metropolitan Planning (California State University-Sacramento)

2021 California Planning Foundation Award Recipient

Kathy’s Top 5 Strengths

  1. Restorative – Adept at dealing with problems. Good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it
  2. Adaptability – Prefers  to “go with the flow. Tends to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
  3. Connectedness – Have faith in the links between all things. Believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
  4. Arranger – Can organize, but also has a flexibility that complements this ability. Likes to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
  5. Harmony – Looks for consensus. Doesn’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

CliftonStrengths is a talent assessment tool developed by Gallup to help individuals maximize their unique talents. At Valley Vision, all staff have the opportunity to take this assessment to help better understand their natural strengths and increase our team’s ability for radical collaboration.