Kay J. McLoughlin - Judy Hanson Mellor Volunteer Service Award 2019

Kay McLoughlin is a lifelong Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She has spent her life working in a myriad of areas where she could make the most of her love of serving people and encouraging others to do the same.

Kay worked in private industry for several years before her career shifted gears.  In 1998 she began working with Congressman Jim Kolbe as the Field Office Director/Economic Leader Liaison.  Kay was a congressional liaison to economic leaders throughout Southern Arizona and to the military for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. She served on and chaired a wide range of advisory committees to make policy recommendations and was instrumental in implementing initiatives promoting economic development throughout Southern Arizona. Her positive “can do” attitude coupled with her ability to network and make connections in the Tucson community resulted in successful solutions for constituents and their concerns in Southern Arizona.

In 2007, Kay joined Raytheon as the Community & Government Relations Manager. In her leadership role, Kay utilized her extensive knowledge and her relationships with leaders and organizations across Southern Arizona to provide unlimited partnering opportunities.  She mobilized Raytheon volunteers to support community programs and emphasized the importance of community involvement.  Her longstanding relationship with the UA as both an alumni and active supporter helped to strengthen and expand Raytheon’s partnership. Kay also volunteered & advocated for non-profits and youth programs in the community.

Kay has served her alma mater in numerous significant ways. Her long-time service and leadership to the Norton School Council of Alumni & Friends includes being President and co-chairing the $24 million Family and Consumer Sciences Cornerstones capital campaign. She continues to provide leadership on the CALS Board, including Past President and chairing the Dean’s “Almost World-Famous Burrito Breakfast & Alumni Auction”. Kay served two terms on the UA Alumni Board, including a committee selecting a new UA President.

Even though Kay retired to Phoenix to be closer to family, especially her grandchildren, she remains a UA Advocat and President’s Club member, Friend of the University Libraries, Old Main Society donor and serves as a “rater” for medical school applicants in Phoenix. She attends many “Wildcat” events and has hosted an event for the Dean in her Phoenix home.

Needless to say, Kay McLoughlin is a true “Wildcat for Life” who has generously given her time, talents, and resources to the Wildcat community that she loves. 

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