Chair of National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors
Kathy served more than ten years as the Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF) Representative to NWF, and has focused her conservation efforts on protecting and conserving wildlife habitat, restoring natural resources and maintaining public access to public lands. She served two terms as president of MWF where she has been an active board member for more than twenty years. She was appointed by Montana’s governor to the first Private Lands/Public Wildlife Committee, which resulted in legislation that opened up more than seven million acres of private land to public hunting.
Kathy was first elected to the National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors in 2002. She served as Region 13 Director until 2008, then served until 2014 as Western Vice Chair. She returned to the board in 2016 upon her election to Chair-Elect. She currently serves as Board Chair.
Kathy started her conservation work at Love Canal where she and her sister, Lois Gibbs, who was living on top of a toxic dump, worked with local residents to mount a successful campaign that led to the passage of the landmark federal environmental law known as Superfund. After moving to Montana in 1979 with her family, Kathy was successful in winning a Superfund site designation for the Clark Fork River near her ranch. She is a founding board member of the Clark Fork Coalition, a vibrant river advocacy organization and has served as a conservation representative on the Clark Fork River Basin Restoration Council.
Kathy is Executive Director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, a nonprofit organization that helps people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promotes healthy communities and protects natural resources. Kathy has more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience focused primarily on sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy and communities.
Kathy earned her BS and MS in Biology at the State University College in Buffalo, NY. She is the mother of two sons, Erik and Liam, lives on a ranch in western Montana with her husband Wayne and is a lifelong hunter, fly fishing angler and gardener.
Elected to Board: 2002-2014, 2016
Current Term Expires: 2017