Kat Gjovik

Director - Outreach/Communication

Kat Gjovik has been David's colleague since early 2008. She handles incoming requests, coordinates logistics for speaking engagements, collaborates with individuals and partner organizations, researches relevant material, develops content for the web site, e-newsletter, and social networking tools, and performs various other support functions for our small two-person nonprofit organization.

Kat's work with David on the Great Turning and the New Economy and her community activism have become inextricably linked and interdependent, each one informing and inspiring the other.

After leaving a 25-year career in 1997, having worked in multiple disciplines, from operations management to marketing and strategic planning in a large regulated business, Kat earned a master's degree in whole systems design and began work in organizational development and community building. On Bainbridge Island, WA, where she has lived since 1980, she is engaged in collaborative grassroots organizing for local sustainability, design and facilitation of participative group experiences, bringing people together for meaningful conversations, and building alliances and networks.

As a community leader/organizer, Kat serves on the board of Sustainable Bainbridge; is co-founder and steering committee member of the Sustainble Business Network of Bainbridge Island (part of the BALLE network); co-founder/organizer of local Green Drinks and the West Sound Time Bank; and is active in progressive politics. Kat was the director of the former Community Housing Coalition, worked with the Conversation Cafe initiative (on the advisory council and as a host for the local Cafe), and was co-organizer for several Seattle area Earth Charter Community Summits.

As a life-long learner, Kat continues to study, engage in conversation about, and experiment with new ways to bring people from various segments of community together, find common ground, and use whole system approaches, whether it be for the Living Economies Forum, the New Economy, or for Bainbridge Island.

Kat works, primarily, from a space rented from and nestled in the positively energized office of YES! Magazine; occasionally, she works from her home office.

Phone:  (206) 780-0108