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Kathleen R. Gerard

Executive Committee Chair, Buildings & Grounds Committee

Residence: Shelter Island  

Currently a philanthropy and fundraising consultant with over 25 years of non-profit experience in the fields of education, the arts, history, health, foreign policy, the environment, wildlife conservation and women’s health and human rights.

Formerly employed in a development capacity by the International Women’s Health Coalition in New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the After School Corporation in New York and the South Street Seaport Museum. Other professional experience includes federal and state government service, communications, TV documentaries as well as board and foundation service.

Serves as a member of the Shelter Island Community Preservation Fund Advisory Board and was co-chair of the first four Farm to Table events at Sylvester Manor. Her family’s interest in land preservation on the Island resulted in the sale of the development rights of the Ryan Horse Farm’s 65 acres. In addition, Kathleen is on the board of Freedom for All that tackles modern-day slavery.


M.Ph. American and Latin American History, the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York

M.A.  Latin American Affairs and Anthropology, New York University

B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C.