Bio

Katherine Johnston joined the San Diego Parks Foundation as its first Executive Director in February 2021. Katherine is a seasoned nonprofit and public affairs professional with extensive experience in public policy development, strategic communications, and community outreach. Most recently, Katherine served as Vice President of Presidio PAG, Inc., where she managed a portfolio of nonprofit and corporate clients. Prior to her work at Presidio, she served as a senior policy and communications advisor to the Mayor of San Diego. In this role, she managed the development and legislative approvals of the City's annual $3.3 billion budget, oversaw the administration’s economic development and workforce development initiatives, and spearheaded major capital and environmental projects. Katherine currently serves as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Committee and Balboa Park Committee as a volunteer.

Why I Joined SDPF