2005 Founders' Award Nomination

Kathy (Waddill) Downs
The Untangled Web, Orinda, California

Kathy has served NAPO and the organizing profession like few others.  She has offered her leadership to two NAPO chapters, as a founder of the New England chapter and two-term past president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter.  Kathy currently serves the national association as a member of the National Chapter Relations Committee.  Since 1993 she has lavished her time on NAPO, volunteering freely for some of the most challenging (and thankless) jobs, including such behind-the-scenes work as program development and nominating committees.

By pioneering the field of needs assessment, Kathy has helped many organizers create a new income stream.  Kathy has unstintingly shared this knowledge, experience, and the tools she has developed by speaking at national and regional conferences.  Organizers all over the U.S. have benefited as she has presented workshops at four national NAPO conferences.  (She is scheduled to present at the 2005 San Diego conference as well.)  Her daylong seminar continues to help newer organizers to make use of systematic needs assessment to serve their clients.

Promoting the profession of organizing among the general public, Kathy's work has been showcased in a dozen national publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, and Woman's Day, as well as many regional and local ones.  In radio and television appearances Kathy has raised awareness of organizing and the work of professional organizers in half the states in the U.S.

Her book, The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life, published in 2001, remains one of the freshest, most useful introductions to home organizing.

By her professionalism, hard work, imagination, and attentiveness to the whole client and the whole organizer, Kathy (Waddill) Downs has left an indelible mark on the organizing profession.

Submitted by NAPO members, 2005