Katharine (Katie) Sullivan currently serves as Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Prior to joining OVW, Ms. Sullivan presided over the 5th Judicial District County Court, Eagle County, Colorado. Ms. Sullivan was appointed to the bench in 2006 and served through 2017. During her 11 year tenure, Ms. Sullivan created and implemented the 5th Judicial District’s first DUI Court in 2009. In 2012, Ms. Sullivan created a separate Drug Court to address the ongoing needs of her community. Ms. Sullivan presided over 45,000 criminal and civil cases in Eagle County, Colorado. She also presided over multiple domestic violence sentencings and jury trials. Ms. Sullivan worked with victim advocates, victim representatives, law enforcement, and court staff to develop procedures and policies to ensure victims’ rights in her courtroom. In 2016, she was awarded 5th Judicial District Judge of the Year.
Prior to becoming a Judge in the 5th Judicial District, Ms. Sullivan served as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado’s 9th Judicial District. Ms. Sullivan prosecuted many cases involving domestic violence under Colorado’s revised domestic violence law. She served as the District Attorney representative on a community-based collaborative domestic violence task force. When Ms. Sullivan entered private practice, she accepted a position on the Victim Compensation Board at the District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Sullivan received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and her J.D from George Washington University.