Kathy Johnson is married to David Gespass. She began her practice with the National Lawyers Guild's Military Law Office in Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan in 1973. A member of its steering committee, she helped to found the Guild's Military Law Task Force. She returned to school and received a masters degree in international human rights law. Her international work has included serving as a United Nations volunteer in Bosnia and Croatia in 1994 during the Balkan wars and as a Human Rights Officer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) immediately after end of the Bosnian war. She has since worked with OSCE in Croatia and Tajikistan and with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Tajikistan. In addition, she has extensive experience with elections, serving in various capacities for elections throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe. 
Early NAM founders
In June 1971, a pamphlet and other materials calling for a New American Movement national organizing meeting began to be circulated, sponsored by Theirrie Cook, Michael Lerner and Charles "Chip" Marshall, plus Douglas Dowd, Karen Hamilton, Charles Fulwood, Joy Marcus, Roger Hamilton, Dan Siegel, Nina Marina, David Danning, Judy Oringer, Louis Feldhammer and Kathy Johnson - later on the staff of the People's Bi-centennial Commission.
- THE NEW AMERICAN MOVEMENT, HON. LARRY McDONALD OF GEORGIA. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Thursday. September. 4 1975, page 97