Kathryn Marro is the Philanthropy & Operations Assistant for the Conservancy's Delaware Chapter.
What are your job duties as the chapter's Philanthropy and Operations Assistant?
In addition to making sure that our Chapter offices fun smoothly, I assist our State Director and Director of Philanthropy with fundraising tasks, serve as the liaison to our Board of Trustees and take on additional projects as they arise. I like being busy!
Have you always had an interest in conservation?
Growing up with environmentally-conscious parents who are avid gardeners and bird watchers definitely had a hand in inspiring me to care about the environment as much as I do. I’m also passionate about animals and wildlife, so working for a conservation organization that does so much to protect habitat for our furry and feathery friends is another great part about working at the Conservancy.
For these reasons, I’ve always been a nature enthusiast. I love spending time outdoors . . . from hiking the Grand Canyon as a kid to camping on the beaches of Culebra as an adult. As a Delaware native, I’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in places like Bombay Hook's salt marshes and White Clay Creek's bird watching trails. The Conservancy played a role in protecting these special places, although I didn’t know that at the time! Now I get to be "behind the scenes" and support this work in my job. That is pretty cool.
How did your career path lead to working with The Nature Conservancy?
I’ve worked for a few non-profit organizations with missions ranging from curating American art to advancing Science and Technology education. When the opportunity to work for the Conservancy came along, I knew it was the right step for me as this is a non-profit whose mission is so strongly aligned with my own values. It’s pretty exciting to be here at the Delaware Chapter during this period of growth and in time to kick off its 25th anniversary.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy’s Delaware staff, Kathryn Marro worked at the Maryland-based Patuxent Partnership where she handled communications, managed the office and a member database, and coordinated events. Excited to return home to the First State, the University of Delaware graduate looks forward to working with an organization where in her own words, “you never know what ‘hat’ you’ll be wearing each day.”