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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 Dowd-Gailey.  

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!