Katie centers her work as the Forests and Communities Program Manager around the principle that developing strong, trusting relationships is fundamental to achieving enduring forest health. Prior to joining WEC, Katie worked with the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative engaging with agency partners and rural stakeholders on forest restoration, recreation, and economic development projects. She holds dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Conflict and Dispute Resolution with concentrations in environmental policy and collaborative governance from the University of Oregon. In her free time, she is an avid hiker, an occasional kayaker, and an amateur painter.