Collaborated with resource conservation district (RCD) staff, to secure over $15M in federal, state and local grants and contracts, including first ever support from the County of Sonoma
Partnered with two RCD Boards of Directors to successfully merge two RCDs to optimize strengths and address limitations
Co-developed multiple innovative conservation initiatives with diverse partners including the LandSmart Regional Conservation Initiative, Russian River Coho Water Resources Partnership, and Sonoma County Venture Conservation
Increased the visibility and improved the image of the RCD with press coverage, promotional materials, and expanded community outreach
Instituted an integrated set of operational and programmatic measures to ensure organizational sustainability
Co-created a variety of services and tools to promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of local watersheds
Kara has over 13 years of experience applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise for the development and implementation of successful agricultural sustainability and ecological restoration programs in Sonoma County.
Kara oversees all programs and builds effective partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, landowners, and commodity groups.
A proven leader, she has worked collaboratively to create and successfully deliver a variety of natural resource conservation initiatives locally and regionally.
Executive Director September 2006 to CurrentSonoma Resource Conservation District - Santa Rosa, CA
Report directly to the Board of Directors as the chief administrative officer of the district Manage internal business operations, consistent with the strategic plan and annual work plans, policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors Develop and maintain constructive relationships with the community, natural resource agencies, funders, business agents, financial institutions and program/project clients Provide leadership in program development, organizational and financial planning Oversee over 50 contracts with local, state, federal, nonprofit and other agencies to assure SRCD mission and project compliance Manage high level projects and contracts Train, supervise and mentor a staff of 12 technical and administrative staff.
Soil Conservationist September 2004 to September 2006Russian River Soil Conservationist Natural Resources Conservation Service - Ukiah, CA
Worked with over 80 landowners and operators to develop and implement conservation plans for effective resource conservation on agricultural land in the Russian River watershed.
Attended agency meetings pertinent to natural resource issues in the Russian River watershed on behalf of the NRCS.
Delivered presentations and created promotional materials for the Russian River Conservation Planning Pilot Program.
Restoration Project Manager November 2001 to September 2004Sotoyome Resource Conservation District - Santa Rosa, CA
Developed projects to assist rural and agricultural landowners in conserving soil and water resources Wrote grant applications and managed funded projects Developed outreach and educational materials to landowners and other stakeholders Delivered educational presentations at local grower events and at regional and statewide conferences Assisted with programs including water quality monitoring, watershed planning, outreach and education Represented the RCD at meetings and on committees - too vague Carried out effective and enthusiastic networking and information dissemination with existing and potential partnership organizations.
B.A : Environmental Studies and Planning Biology Leadership, 2001Sonoma State University - Rohnert Park, CaliforniaEnvironmental Studies and Planning Biology Leadership
Additional Course Work & Certifications Soils -list out Grazing -list out Certified conservation planner, Natural Resources Conservation Service Extensive Leadership training -too vague
Awards Sonoma County Board of Supervisor-Gold Resolution-Local Food - confusing District Manager's Award-CARCD spell out District of the Year Award -CARCD spell out Updated April 2016
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