Kathleen has been with TCD since March 1996 and has served as the Executive Director (previously known as the District Administrator) since June 2004. She has held several positions while employed at the District including Program Assistant, Resource Technician, Program Manager, and Interim Administrator, making her well versed in most of the district’s programs. Her responsibilities as Director include management of: staff, delivery of services, grants, and the budget. She serves as the public relations officer for the District and is responsible for funding development (including grant writing) and coordinating the development of the District’s budget, annual work plan, and staffing plans. Kathleen also serves as the District representative on several committees and technical groups. As the chief executive officer, Kathleen works with the Board of Supervisors to establish the overall direction, goals and policies related to the mission and purpose of the District. She coordinates implementation of the District’s Strategic Plan and provides reports on District programs and accomplishments to county, state and local officials, partnering agencies, and the citizens of Thurston County. She most recently served as President of the Washington Association of District Employees (WADE) from 2010-2015.
Kathleen possesses a BA/BS from The Evergreen State College in Environmental Sciences and Studies and has taken additional coursework in management and natural resources. She is also a graduate the AgForestry Leadership Program, Class 31. Kathleen has a comprehensive background in natural resources and related fields, including conservation planning, fluvial geomorphology, wetland delineation, land surveying, AutoCAD drawing, GIS mapping, streamside assessments, native plant ID and planting designs, small farming, marketing techniques and education material development.