Oregon Fire Program Director
The Nature Conservancy
Driven by a connection with fire and natural environments, Katie Sauerbrey (they/them), fosters a passion for reconnecting people with fire across Oregon landscapes. They have over a decade of experience working for government and non-profit organizations in both fire suppression and prescribed fire management, currently working as the Oregon Fire Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. After beginning a career in fire management during undergraduate studies, Katie received an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University with a focus on public acceptability of smoke from prescribed fire.
Katie is passionate about incorporating best-available science into land management planning, and partnering with researchers on prescribed burns to broaden knowledge about fire processes. They are also committed to inclusivity within fire management and believe that the more diverse our fire workforce, the better off our management practices will be, resulting in healthier ecosystems. In Katie’s spare time, they enjoy trail-running, exploring fire scars to analyze.