BRUNSWICK — National leaders of The Nature Conservancy today announced the naming of Kate Dempsey as State Director in Maine. Dempsey brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation, economic development and public health to her new role, including 12 years at The Nature Conservancy in Maine as Senior Policy Advisor for Federal Affairs and most recently Director of External Affairs.

“Kate has a proven track record of effective leadership in Maine and nationally,” said Eastern U.S. Division Director. Michelle B. Lakly. “She brings people together to get things done — whether it is major projects in Maine like the Penobscot River Restoration or nationally through leadership of our 50-State Climate Strategy. Maine and The Nature Conservancy have a terrific, dynamic new leader.”

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in 2003, Dempsey served as the Economic Development Director for former U.S. Congressman Tom Allen (D-Maine) and District Director and Economic Development Director for former U.S Congressman Marty Meehan ((D-Mass.).. She also has deep experience in public health and affordable housing development.

“The Nature Conservancy in Maine was founded 58 years ago by Rachel Carson and others deeply committed to a healthy Maine,” said Dempsey. “I will carry on that tradition by leading an incredibly committed, talented group of TNC people and working closely with partners all over our state to find practical approaches that ensure our incredible natural resources remain an asset for Maine people.”

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