Commissioner Kiernan was appointed jointly by Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan and President of the Senate Donald Williams in 2010. She is a retired corporate lawyer; and, in 2012, will begin serving on the Greenwich municipal Board of Estimate and Taxation. She is a former board chairman of Greenwich United Way and former co-chair of the Fund for Women and Girls (FWG) at the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF). She is co-author of the influential study Holding Up Half the Sky: A Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Fairfield County (2007) and serves on the FWG Advisory Board and Executive Committee, under whose aegis she participated in a team presentation to Tina Tchen, Director of White House Council on Women and Girls.