Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, Director of Events and Communications
Kathleen joined Washington’s National Park Fund in October
2013 as the Director of Events and Communications. Kathleen has over 15 years’
experience working domestically and internationally with conservation-focused non-profit
organizations. She is passionate about exploring the outdoors and promoting
stewardship of our shared public lands and especially the amazing natural areas
throughout Washington State.
Prior to joining Washington’s National Park Fund she served
as the Northwest Regional Director for the National Forest Foundation
supporting partnerships, programs, fundraising, and events in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington. She has worked as a Conservation Planner with The Nature
Conservancy and later with REI in their corporate giving program. She also has
extensive experience living and working overseas - first as a Peace Corps
volunteer in Bolivia, then as part of a forest research team in Guatemala, and
finally working under a USAID funded Population & Environment fellowship in
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
“National Parks are such amazing treasures. I spent my
childhood camping in the parks and have such fond memories of going to ranger
talks in the evenings, hiking to some of the most beautiful destinations in the
country, and of course, making s’mores around the campfire. I’m extremely
honored and excited to be working with Washington’s National Park Fund,” stated
Kathleen received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Kent State University in Ohio. She earned a Masters of Public Affairs and a Masters of Envionmental Science, both from the University of Indiana's School for Public and Environmental Affairs. Kathleen is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches a few classes a week. In her free time you will likely find her practicing yoga, hiking or camping outdoors, or creating some new delicious concoction in the kitchen where to loves to express her creativity.
What a great addition Kathleen is to Washington's National Park Fund!