Kathryn Mannle joined Rare in 2007 with a passion for working with local communities and biodiversity conservation. Prior to Rare she held environmental consulting posts with Environment International, Ltd. and the Cascadia Consulting Group in Seattle, WA and worked as a forestry technician in the Pacific Northwest. As an undergraduate, Kate spent a semester in Madagascar and worked with a local ecotourism guides association and WCS for an independent study. It was then that she first realized she could make a career out of helping to protect the world’s most amazing species and places. Following her work in Seattle, Kate returned to Madagascar to examine the role of specific-species taboos in biodiversity conservation in the Bay of Antsiranana for her master’s thesis. Kate holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College and a MSc. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from Oxford University.
In her current position as the Global Partnerships Associate at Rare, Kate plays a central role in the recruiting and admissions process for Rare’s four regional training programs. Supporting the Director of Partnerships and four regional Partnership Managers around the world, Kate does everything from fix web-to-lead code on Rare’s website (something she never thought she’d be able to do) to help develop thematic cohorts around specific conservation threats and solutions. She also enjoys working with partners to find the best Rare Pride campaign sites, representing Rare at conferences and helping to plan social marketing workshops. Kate takes pride in being one of the Arlington office’s unofficial biodiversity experts and worm-bin wrangler.