Kathryn Van Waes, Ph.D. has been announced as the new executive director of the American Hiking Society. She will step into the leadership role on June 5, 2017. The AHS Board said it went underwent a thorough five-month search prior to selecting Van Waes.
Van Waes has served as a Policy Director for The ONE Campaign since 2014, where she helped establish the organization’s policy and strategy for agricultural development, nutrition, women and girls, climate change, trade and investment, energy poverty, and global security and development. Prior to this, she worked for the U.S. Department of State as Chief of Staff/Senior Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security.
After earning her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University, Van Waes worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the International Space Science Institute in Bern Switzerland, as a visiting scientist at the University of Copenhagen Center for Ice and Climate, and at the Smithsonian Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
Van Waes is an avid hiker, backpacker, and rock climber. A Montana native who makes frequent trips back to hike in Glacier National Park and the Beartooth Range, Van Waes says she is excited to apply her leadership and policy expertise in her new role with American Hiking Society.