Kathy Blaha is President of Kathy Blaha Consulting, LLC (KBC). KBC provides assistance to nonprofits, grant-making organizations and public agencies on creating and implementing governance solutions and private-public partnerships for parks. Drawing on more than 30 years of diverse experience her expertise is in helping private, public sector and not-for-profit organizations implement project and program initiatives with multiple stakeholders and partners.
Until 2007, Ms. Blaha was Senior Vice President at the Trust for Public Land (TPL), directing research and program development for various parks, greenspace and land conservation initiatives. She managed TPL’s Green Cities Initiative, a seven-city effort to create new parks; launched TPL’s Conservation Visioning services to assist local governments with conservation planning; and, created TPL’s Center for Land and Water, a research and demonstration program that links land conservation with the protection of water quality.
More recently Ms. Blaha has worked with the Urban Land Institute’s Daniel Rose Center facilitating workshops for local governments on sustainable development. She has also worked with local governments such as Miami-Dade County and nonprofits such as 21st Century Parks in Louisville on strategies for park partnerships. KBC also teams up with other consulting firms including Tetra Tech to support brownfield revitalization technical assistance across the country.
Ms. Blaha has a B.A. in Geography from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently sits on the boards of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Center for Watershed Protection, KWMV Radio and City Parks Alliance, where she is a frequent blogger on public-private partnerships.
Vibrant parks and public spaces are invaluable in creating sustainable, people-oriented cities. Recently, 8-80 Cities and Fundacion+Espacios organized an opportunity for members of the City Parks Alliance Board of Directors – a group of city park practitioners and advocates – ...