Kristen Gerrish on a hike at Tamanowas Rock with her dog, Penny.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Kristen Gerrish, the newest member of the Land Trust team. As half-time Development and Administrative Assistant, Kristen will work to build support for the Land Trust’s mission and help keep our organization running smoothly.
Kristen is passionate about positively impacting her community and enriching the lives of her fellow citizens. “My background in agriculture and agricultural education draws me to work that empowers people to learn, grow, and make contributions to their community,” said Kristen. “I’m looking forward to the many opportunities for collaboration and education in my new role!”
In 2019, Kristen relocated from southern Arizona to Jefferson County with her husband and their three dogs and two cats. She received a BS in Animal Science and an MS in Agricultural Education from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Kristen spent more than 10 years working in higher education — initially as an academic advisor for students studying agriculture and life sciences and then as an accreditation coordinator for a medical school. Soon after moving to Port Townsend, she began volunteering with the Jefferson Clemente Foundation and joined the board of directors in April of 2020. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys exploring all of the beautiful green spaces that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer with her husband and dogs.
“I really appreciate that the Land Trust’s mission places such an emphasis on bringing people with diverse perspectives together to collaborate and find common ground.”