Katherine leads a passionate team of scientists, conservation experts, and operations staff in protecting and restoring critical landscapes across the state of North Carolina. As Executive Director, she spearheads chapter strategy, fosters strong partnerships, and provides policy leadership.
Under 32 years of Katherine’s leadership, the North Carolina chapter has grown significantly in size and scope. Achievements include completing four capital campaigns—with another in its final stages, growing a leading fire program, establishing and participating in multiple learning networks to share expertise and ensure a unified conservation approach across landscapes, and championing conservation policy at a state and federal level. Before joining The Nature Conservancy in 1986, Katherine spent five years on Capitol Hill working as a committee staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Katherine has an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree from Salem College. A native of the Tar Heel State, Katherine lives in Durham where she enjoys time with family, reading, bicycling, walking, and visiting the local farmers market.