After an extensive and rigorous search, the Jackson Foundation Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Kathryn (Katy) Terry will serve as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. A seasoned leader in the natural resources field, Katy will bring her years of experience and thoughtful guidance to the Foundation’s Board, staff, and our community.
Katy has shown a lifelong interest and involvement the Foundation’s core issues. She focused her career on the environmental and international arenas, served in the public sector and nonprofits, and personally supported human rights since her youth. Katy has collaborated with key partners to acquire and steward our local natural resources as well as implement climate change strategies in her role as Interim Director of King County Parks. She has successfully worked together with local elected officials, for-profit and non-profit entities, stakeholders, and the public. Most recently, she led the successful campaign for an $810 million parks levy, which passed with strong voter approval of over 70%.
Katy’s educational background also offers us a perfect fit, given her undergraduate studies at Columbia University in Russian Studies (she speaks fluent Russian), and her subsequent graduate studies at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and the Jackson School of International Studies. She received joint master’s degrees in public administration and international studies in 2005.
We look forward to partnering with Katy and utilizing her experience as the Foundation completes a strategic planning process, grows its resources, and opens its next chapter. Katy not only has expertise in the Foundation’s substantive program areas, but also in how to make organizations more efficient and effective. And over her career, she has proven to be a model public servant, one who has walked the walk of exemplary public service.
We are fortunate at the Jackson Foundation to have Katy Terry join us as the new Executive Director. Katy brings exceptional leadership skills and management experience, garnered at the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, to the work of the Foundation. The Department, and especially King County Parks, always met difficult challenges in the face of high citizen expectations, and Katy played a key role in ensuring their success. She also brings a breadth and depth of interest, passion, and experience unique to the mission and issue areas of great concern to the Foundation and the legacy of Senator Jackson. I look forward to working with Katy again to meet the challenges of an ever-changing public policy arena. — Larry Phillips, Jackson Board Member and former King County Council Chair
Katy’s strengths and experience will enable the Jackson Foundation to begin a new era and to deftly address the challenges ahead. Katy will start with the Foundation on January 27. Please join us in welcoming her aboard.
-Craig Gannett, Board President