Katharine grew up in New Hampshire with a love for skiing and the outdoors. After earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of NH, she moved to Oregon to ski the Pacific Northwest. Her professional path has included sales, marketing, consulting and media relations with over 20 years in the tourism industry. She has been with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, serving as the Director of Travel Ashland, the tourism branch of the organization, for 17 years. Prior to that she worked for Mt. Ashland, enjoying the many roles she served.
With tourism being a key economic driver to Ashland’s economy, she has a true passion for promoting the spectrum of year-round offerings in Ashland and Southern Oregon. She currently serves as the Board President of Oregon Destination Association, past-President of Travel Southern Oregon and board member of Rogue Valley Vintners. She lives in Ashland with her husband, Ray and their daughter, Grace.