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Laurie Ward, Executive Director

Laurie Ward became the Executive Director of Washington's National Park Fund in July of 2011. For more than 25 years, Ward has educated and trained non-profit organizations nationwide to implement successful outreach campaigns. In partnership with board and staff members, philanthropists, volunteers and corporate and foundation executives, Ward has helped raise from $500,000 to more than $40 million in annual, capital and endowment campaigns.

Laurie and Brady
Laurie and her dog, Brady

Prior to her appointment with Washington’s National Park Fund, she was the director of development and communications for The Mountaineers in Seattle. Ward oversaw the redesign of The Mountaineers magazine and website, as well initiated planned giving, leadership giving, and annual support for The Mountaineers Development program.  Prior to The Mountaineers, she was Senior Vice-President for a national consulting firm helping nonprofit organizations throughout the country with their multi-million dollar campaigns.

“The people of Washington State hold a special place in their hearts for our national parks, with the visitors forever impacted by their experiences in nature. And today, without a doubt, the needs for preservation and enhancement are evident. Fortunately, the potential for support is equally strong,” Ward stated recently while visiting the North Cascades National Park.

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Laurie on vacation in Ireland

 “With her background and education, Laurie is uniquely suited to lead Washington’s National Park Fund as we embark on our ambitious list of park projects,” said Board President Donovan Rafferty. “I enjoy working with Laurie in fulfilling our mission to support Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks through charitable contributions.”

Ward received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations and a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and parks administration from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. She received a Master of Science degree in education with an emphasis on fundraising and development from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping in the national parks with her husband, Colin; spending time with family in Central Washington; and taking her adorable dog Brady to the many dog parks througout the Puget Sound.  

Click here to contact Laurie via email.