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Kate Gersh has over six years of experience focused on environmental conservation and community development in sub-Saharan Africa. At present she works for the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) whose mission is to work with the people of Africa, to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. As AWF’s Associate, Foundation & Corporate Relations, she is skilled in managing all aspects of individual, private foundation (U.S. and Europe based) and corporate relationships. Kate works closely with AWF field staff to establish funding priorities, identify and pursue funding prospects, and further coordination to ensure that program goals are achieved. Most recently, Kate also assumed program management duties for AWF’s multi-million dollar, multi-year grant award under USAID’s Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems (SCAPES) program.

Her previous employments include working for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots youth and humanitarian education program, and for a South African-based company focused on marketing support to entrepreneurial artisan groups for job creation. Additionally, Kate has a master’s degree in sustainable destination management from George Washington University’s School of Business.