Executive Vice President, Partnerships and Programs
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Katherine Toy joined the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in October 2017 as Executive Vice President of Partnerships and Programs. Together with her team, Katherine is responsible for delivering the "For All" aspect of the organization's "Parks For All Forever" vision–a vision that invites and delights in having diverse communities use the parks and participate in the Conservancy's public programs. Katherine provides leadership to the Conservancy's Youth and Program Services, Volunteers and Internships, Civic and Community Engagement, and Communications and Marketing divisions.
Katherine’s knowledge and experience with parks, history, and untold stories began when she became the first Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. In that role, Katherine championed the restoration and interpretation of the site, working with California State Parks, the National Park Service, Congressional representatives and advocates for raising awareness of the experience of immigration into America through the Pacific.
Katherine began her career as a school teacher and her years in the classroom gave her a deep understanding of education from a teacher and student’s perspective. Her focus on youth continued when she served as Program Director for SF School Volunteers (today a part of the San Francisco Ed Fund), which harnesses the power of the local community to give public school students, particularly those from underserved communities, the support they need to succeed.
Throughout her career and most recently at Stanford University, she has been a champion of civic engagement and volunteerism. As Associate Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement at Stanford, Katherine worked across departments, forming better partnerships, cohesion, and best practices across alumni engagement. She was especially focused on expanding the diversity of membership on the governing boards and advisory groups at the University–and the University’s engagement in programs that advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
Katherine holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from Stanford University. She remains involved with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation as chair of its board of directors. She also serves on the board development committee of Girl Scouts of Northern California. As a third generation San Franciscan, Katherine is thrilled to join the Conservancy. She finds it particularly poignant to be working to bringing a more diverse population to the Presidio, where her grandfather fled from Chinatown after the 1906 earthquake. Katherine and her family live in San Francisco and enjoy all that the city offers–especially its food!