Land trust hires development director


Kim Karn. Courtesy Land Conservancy of West Michigan

A nonprofit land trust has a new development director.

Kim Karn started in the role last month for the Grand Rapids-based Land Conservancy of West Michigan, according to the nonprofit this week.

Karn’s initial focus is on implementing a major donor and planned giving program, as well as engaging and growing the Land Conservancy’s donor and volunteer bases.

She will also be reaching out to partners and stakeholders involved in Land Conservancy projects, while working with the rest of the team to develop comprehensive strategies to meet the organization’s financial and strategic goals.

Karn comes to West Michigan from the Four Corners region of Colorado, where she was director of development for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Previously, she worked in university advancement at the University of Washington.

Her husband is a Michigan native.

“Kim’s development expertise, strategy-oriented approach and passion for nature are a great fit for the Land Conservancy and for West Michigan,” said Joe Engel, executive director, Land Conservancy of West Michigan.

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