Kate Bemesderfer, Development Director

Kate Bemesderfer, Director of Membership

As our Development Director, Kate oversees all aspects of our fundraising and philanthropy program, especially our relationships and communications with our individual donors. When she's not actively fundraising, she also creates all of our member-related print and digital content, and crafts our monthly Oregon Stories e-newsletter as well as our Annual Report. Kate holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from NYU, and her nonprofit experience spans 5 states and almost 25 years.

As Governor Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." Kate is that rare breed of environmentalist who genuinely loves people and cities, so for her, Oregon's urban growth boundaries and statewide land use system are a miracle, allowing for the best of both worlds to exist side-by-side, each enhancing the other.

Kate is equal parts city mouse and country mouse, so she'll always have a soft spot for the mixed-use, high-density, transit-accessible, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods of NW Portland, the first place she ever lived in Oregon, and for the subtle beauty and solitude of the hills outside John Day, the first place she ever stayed in Oregon east of the Cascades (pictured above). Outside of Oregon, her favorite place is the Scottish Highlands on a rainy day, or Prague on a snowy day.

When she's away from work, Kate's likely to be knitting, cooking, reading, or hiking around some part of Oregon she's never explored before. She also spends a few weeks a year at Arcosanti, her home away from home.

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