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Kathryn Walt Hall
Ambassador to Austria
Hall PhotoOn September 3, 1997, Kathryn Walt Hall was nominated by President Clinton to be U.S. Ambassador to Austria. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 6, and was officially sworn into office on November 21, 1997.

Kathryn Hall, of Texas, has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist, and humanitarian. Ms. Hall was the President of Kathryn Hall Vineyards, Inc., and of Walt Management, Inc., an inner-city housing and development company. Before becoming U.S. Ambassador to Austria, she was also Managing Director and Partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc., an investment firm.

Kathryn Hall began her public career as Assistant City Attorney in Berkeley, California. Later she joined Safeway Stores, where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the nation's first and largest affirmative action programs. Subsequently she worked as an attorney and businesswoman in Dallas, Texas, where she was active in many civic issues. Ms. Hall has been a leader in numerous business organizations, including the Dallas area Chambers of Commerce, the Dallas Assembly, Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Texas Retailers Association. Long committed to social issues, Kathryn Hall has also been active in her community. She has served on numerous non-profit and institutional boards, addressing issues related to social care and mental health. Ms. Hall co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the Director/Vice President of the Texas Mental Health Association. In 1995, Ms. Hall was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Advisory Council for Violence Against Women. Ms. Hall was also appointed by President Clinton to serve as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Kathryn Hall earned an A.B. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She speaks French and German.

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