This is an archive of a past election.
See for current information.
Los Angeles County, CA March 8, 2011 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Kathleen M. Paralusz, Esq.

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Manhattan Beach

This information is provided by the candidate


Family: Married and Proud Mom to One Daughter Chair, Planning Commission Former Chair,Parking and Public Improvements Commission Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner MBUSD Measure BB Bond Oversight Committee Beach Cities Health District Strategic Planning Committee Former Vice President, Leadership Manhattan Beach (LMB) Neptunian Women's Club of Manhattan Beach Soroptomist International of Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Volunteer 11 year resident and homeowner in East Manhattan Beach Over 15 years of public policy and legal work in both public and private sectors J.D. in Law (Boston Univ.) and B.A. in American History (Univ. of Pennsylvania) Bar admissions in California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (inactive)


Commissioner, City of Manhattan Beach Planning Commission (June 2008 每 2011) Appointed by City Council to serve a three-year term. Pursuant to the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Planning Commission is responsible for long-range planning activities for the City of Manhattan Beach, including major use permits, commercial planned development permits, zone changes, code amendments, and modification to long-range planning documents, including the City*s General Plan and Local Coastal Plan.

Commissioner, City of Manhattan Beach Parking & Public Improvements Commission (June 2006 每 June 2008) Appointed by City Council to serve a three-year term as one of five commissioners responsible for public parking issues, capital improvement projects, traffic management, activities within the public right-of-way including encroachment permits and environmental enhancement. Served as Chairperson June 2007- May 2008.

Commissioner, City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Commission (June 2005 每 June 2006) Appointed by City Council to serve a three-year term as one of seven commissioners responsible for the recreational needs of all citizens and to promote supervised public recreation within the City.

Committee Member, Measure BB Bond Oversight Committee (November 2008 to November 2010) Appointed by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District*s Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term as one of thirteen committee members responsible for ensuring that bond-funded projects on approved Project List are completed, external audits are conducted and that all bond measure funding is spent properly.

Leadership Manhattan Beach

Vice-President & Member, Board of Directors 每 elected to a one-year term (2008-2009) to serve as the Vice President of the Board of Directors and provide guidance and assistance to the Board President and other Board Members as required. Promote the ten-month civic leadership program designed to identify community leaders, increase civic knowledge and develop leadership ability.

Membership Director 每 elected to a one-year term (2007-2008) to develop and coordinate alumni activities, including but not limited to, social activities, tours and networking opportunities.

Graduate of the LMB Class of 2005. Participated in development and production of the class project, the DVD entitled ※Bridging The Generations§. The DVD documented the contemporaneous recollections of long-time residents about the history of the City of Manhattan Beach, how it is has changed, and their hopes for our future.

Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach (2007 - Present) Soroptomist Club of Manhattan Beach (2010 - Present)


Northrop Grumman Corporation (December 2003 to Present)

Senior Counsel, F/A-18 and JWST Programs, El Segundo, CA (April 2007 to Present) Specialize in government contracts and export/import law. Represent, counsel, and provide guidance to Northrop's F/A-18 and JWST Programs in all aspects of government contracts and commercial supplier subcontracts. Evaluate terminations for default and convenience and requests for equitable adjustment. Draft and review licensing arrangements, non-disclosure agreements and purchase orders between Northrop Grumman and other commercial entities.

Senior Staff Counsel, Unmanned Systems, Rancho Bernardo, CA (June 2005 to April 2007) Specialized in government contracts and export/import law. Provided legal support to Northrop*s Unmanned Air Vehicle Programs in all aspects of Federal contracts and subcontracts.

ITAR Focal Point - F-35 Program, El Segundo, CA (December 2003 to June 2005) Directed export/import compliance efforts for multi-national defense program. Supported export and import of U.S. defense technology, defense and commercial articles pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations and U.S. Customs Regulations.

Associate, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP, San Francisco, CA (May 2001 to November 2003) Specialized in government contracts and export/import law. Represented clients in all stages of negotiation of Federal, state and local government contracts and subcontracts. Reviewed and advised clients on responses to Requests for Proposals, Requests for Information, and Requests for Bids. Advised clients on terms and conditions of solicitations that conflict with corporate policy and practice. Commuted between Manhattan Beach and San Francisco every week in order to remain part of the community I love.

Export Specialist, Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc., El Segundo, CA (February 2000 to April 2001) Advised client on impact of export regulations on satellite procurement, including marketing, supply chain management and customer operations support. Prior to February 2000, worked on-site for six months as member of outside counsel*s legal team.

Associate, Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, LLP, Washington, DC (October 1998 to February 2000) Specialized in government contracts and export/import law. Represented companies in various aspects of negotiation of Federal government contracts.

Legal Intern, The White House Office of Counsel To The President, Washington, DC (Summer 1997) Produced documents for congressional campaign fundraising investigation and vetted individuals nominated to Federal government positions.

Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Washington, DC (Summer 1996) Wrote legal memoranda analyzing constitutional claims brought against Federal officials. Summarized depositions in excessive force case and conducted discovery in civil suits arising from Federal government's human radiation experiments.

Staff Assistant, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Washington, DC (February 1994 to June 1995) Provided support to five staff members, including staff director on defense-related issues.

Staff Assistant, U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (N.J.), Washington, DC (November 1993 to February 1994) Assisted in daily correspondence operation and provided administrative support to legislative staff.


Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., May 1998

Honors: Spencer H. Koch Memorial Award Activities: American Journal of Law and Medicine, Stone Moot Court, Trial Advocacy Externship: Office of Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts (January 1998 to May 1998) Published: Ashes to Ashes: Why FDA Regulation of Tobacco Advertising May Mark the End of the Road for the Marlboro Man, American Journal of Law and Medicine, Spring 1998.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, B.A., May 1993 (American History)

Honors: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Activities: Managing Editor, Penn History Review

BAR ADMISSIONS California (2001); New Jersey (1999); Pennsylvania (1998) (inactive)


Cooperative Purchasing: GSA's Interim Rule Promises Some Benefits But Leaves Room for Improvement (co-authored with Robert J. Sherry), Presented by Robert J. Sherry at the Annual ABA Conference 每 Public Contract Law Section, August 11, 2003.

The Deemed Export Rule: What Companies Should Know Before Transferring Commerce-Controlled Technology to Foreign Nationals, American Electronics Association, December 2002.

OIG Special Fraud Alert: Physician Liability For Certifications In The Provision Of Medical Equipment And Supplies And Home Health Services, Health Care Weekly Review, February 1999.

Next Page: Political Philosophy

Candidate Page || Feedback to Candidate || This Contest
March 2011 Home (Ballot Lookup) || About Smart Voter

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.
Created from information supplied by the candidate: February 23, 2011 22:49
Smart Voter   <>
Copyright © League of Women Voters of California Education Fund