About Jorie Emory and Kate Gazzo Jorie Emory| Development and Communications Director
Jorie Emory is passionate about connecting people to nature. Prior to joining the team at BYLT, Jorie was Director of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and held leadership roles at Children & Nature Network and River Network. She is a Humboldt State University alumna and later earned a Ph.D. in arts administration, education, and policy from the Ohio State University, where she researched emerging practices in participatory philanthropy and arts-based action research methodologies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and making art.
Kate Gazzo | Stewardship Manager
Kate Gazzo grew up on the beach of the west coast of Florida. She studied Environmental Studies and Biology at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has 10 years of experience working on a variety of projects across the U.S. ranging from water quality monitoring to wetland restoration and invasive species eradication. She came to California in 2012 to explore the Sierra Nevada Mountains and pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. Her Master’s research focused on using land conservation as a tool to achieve clean drinking water and avoid the use of gray infrastructure. Kate now lives in Nevada City. While working in California, Kate has served as a biologist to evaluate proposed impacts to special-status species and natural communities. She has supported the development of conservation and mitigation banks and coordinated in-lieu fee mitigation projects. Kate is passionate about land conservation and promotes land conservation as a “multi-tool approach” to protect air, water, and soil resources in addition to wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. In her spare time, she is happy doing yoga, cooking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and “botanizing”.