Katherine Toy is Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. She works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to align the full Parks Conservancy team around the strategic direction and organizational priorities. Katherine provides leadership and oversight to the Parks Conservancy’s departments providing direct mission delivery to the public, including Community Stewardship & Engagement, Conservation & Community Science, Impact and Evaluation, Innovation, Interpretive Centers and Sales, Park Projects & Design, Park Nurseries, Visitor Programs, Youth Programs, and Volunteer and Intern Services.
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 schoolteacher 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 attending high need schools, the support they need to succeed.
Throughout her career, 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.
She is a current member of the California Parks and Recreation Commission and the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford.