Kate Barrett

Projects Coordinator

Kate grew up in Denver escaping to the mountains as often as she could. She comes to VOC with a background in both nonprofit programming and outdoor stewardship, although the path leading up to this point has been both indirect and winding, like all the best paths usually are. She attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where she studied English and Creative Writing and fielded a lot of questions about why anyone would leave somewhere like Colorado for somewhere like Illinois. Fair point, but let it be known, the Midwest has wild spaces too. In fact, prairie and grassland restoration work is what first inspired Kate to protect and steward the natural spaces she holds dear.

After graduating, Kate went on to spend three years as the Program Coordinator at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a nonprofit literary arts center in Denver, before pursuing an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Fiction at the University of Montana. Living in Missoula led her to join a trail crew with the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, where she had the opportunity to spend a season working in the backcountry of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. She has also spent time working for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Colorado Outward Bound School. She has been everything from a backcountry sawyer to an editor-in-chief to a pastry baker, and she is thrilled to join VOC as a Projects Coordinator.