Wayzata, MN – December 7, 2016 —The Board of the Wayzata Lake Effect Conservancy has appointed Kathy Coward as its first Executive Director. Kathy’s responsibilities will include shaping the organization and working closely with the public/private partnership of the Board, City of Wayzata, community members, and funding partners to realize the vision of the Lake Effect Park project.
According to Lake Effect Conservancy Board Chair Dan Koch, “We are thrilled to have Kathy on board with this important project. With her related experience and top-notch performance, her leadership will enable the Lake Effect Conservancy to achieve its goals and move the Lake Effect Park project forward with care and confidence. We share a vision for the park that represents community, beauty and sustainability for current and future residents.”
Kathy has held senior management and policy positions at numerous high-profile non-profit organizations for more than 26 years. Her experience is broad including leading a successful capital campaign for Minnesota Public Radio, building and managing philanthropic support and public affairs for a12- state region of the Trust for Public Land, and working on naturalized shoreline with the Gray’s Bay Lakeshore Restoration. In addition, she has served on various nonprofit boards, has a degree in landscape architecture, and has her own consulting firm. Her clients have included the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Milkweed Editions, and The Nature Conservancy.
According to Kathy, “the Lake Effect Park will be a great asset to the quality of life in the community and reconnect Wayzata and its residents to their lakefront. Wayzata has tried for over one hundred years to reclaim its lakefront. This is a unique opportunity to make it happen.”
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