Land Conservancy of West Michigan announces new executive director
Kim Karn, the organization’s development director, will lead the organization effective February 8, 2021
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan is pleased to announce the selection of Kim Karn as its new executive director. Karn will succeed Joe Engel, who is retiring after five years of leading the organization.
Karn joined the Land Conservancy as its development director in October 2019.
“In her time with us, Kim has demonstrated not only her skills as a kind and energetic leader, but the depth of her commitment to the preservation of West Michigan’s natural areas,” said Bill Lawrence, board chair for the Land Conservancy. “She is well positioned to lead the organization, and the board is excited to work with her.”
Before joining the Land Conservancy, Karn lived in the Four Corners region of Colorado, where she was director of development for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Prior to that, she worked in university advancement at the University of Washington.
As the Land Conservancy’s development director, Karn quickly got to work reimagining the organization’s major donor and planned giving programs. Less than a year into her tenure, she successfully took on the challenge of leading the development team through the COVID-19 pandemic. Karn’s skilled leadership and collaborative attitude were key to the organization’s success in 2020.
“It is a great honor to have been selected to lead the Land Conservancy in its work to preserve nature for future generations,” Karn said. “I am grateful for the board and staff’s confidence in me, and to have benefited from Joe’s guidance as I take on this new role.”
As executive director, Karn will work alongside the Land Conservancy’s staff and board to implement the organization’s strategic business and conservation plans and advance the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“I am excited to continue working alongside a talented and passionate staff to keep nature nearby in West Michigan,” Karn said.