Katie Pofahl

Katie Pofahl


Katie is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment. She is a Wyss Scholar for the Conservation of the American West, a contributor to the Yale Environment Review and leads the Yale Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Katie is focused on developing transformative land conservation strategies that enable communities in the American West to respond to urgent threats from drought, fire, urban sprawl and climate change. A key aspect of Katie’s approach is to view communities as a solution to critical issues rather than as a problem. Her work increases the pace and scale of land conservation while improving the wellbeing of our communities by using proven approaches that link land conservation to economic vitality, health, justice, and resilience to climate change.

Before coming to Yale, Katie worked for a land trust in Central California developing innovative community programs that were featured by the Land Trust Alliance and recognized by California State Parks for excellence in collaboration. She also served in public office with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park and District protecting 1,041 acres of habitat from development, including rare forests and working ranchlands, and securing $1.2 million annually for open space preservation. During the school year Katie works with the Center for Business and the Environment to help land conservation practitioners implement cutting-edge finance strategies and with the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative to improve land use practices in the West.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Yale University, MEM
Current Position:
Masters Candidate
Yale University
Conservation Science & Biology

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