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Katie Pofahl, Director

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Ward 3. In her five years as a Monterey Peninsula resident Katie has had the pleasure of getting to know both the people and wild places of Monterey County as she has worked to connect the two in meaningful ways. Katie has a degree in conservation from the University of Wisconsin and has worked with a variety of environmental organizations in our area including the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, Sea Studios Foundation, and the Wahine Project, to protect wild places and empower the people who love them. This included co-starring with a wild sea otter in the feature film Otter 501.

Katie currently works with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, a non-profit organization that protects Otter 501’s marshland home. In her free time, Katie explores Monterey County – hiking our parks with her dog, traveling the length of the Salinas River, paddling the Elkhorn Slough, and backpacking the Ventana Wilderness. Join her in the spring for “Big Sur Backpacking for Beginners”, a course offered through MPRPD’s Let’s Go Outdoors!program.

As a representative of Ward 3, Katie will work to serve the interests of our community and provide sound guidance and support for the staff of MPRPD as we work toward being the best small park district in the nation – protecting our vibrant natural resources and connecting with the District’s diverse communities to the outdoors. She encourages you to contact her directly with ideas to help our parks succeed. Katie joined the MPRPD Board in January 2015.

Term: 1/5/2015 - 12/31/2018
Ethics Training Certificate - 1/20/2018