Executive Director, Flathead Lakers
Kate Sheridan is the Executive Director of the Flathead Lakers, an environmental advocacy nonprofit that works to protect the Flathead Watershed. She oversees all aspects of operations, including staff & program management, fundraising, advocacy efforts, and community engagement, as well as develops strong relationships with state agencies, tribal leaders, partner nonprofits, and donors. Kate endeavors to develop a greater awareness of Flathead Lake’s importance ecologically, culturally, and economically, and ensure it is protected for generations to come. Prior to moving to Flathead Lake, Kate served as the Regional Organizing Director for the Helena-Great Falls-Havre area on Senator Jon Tester’s successful re-election campaign in 2018. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems from the University of Montana, and worked on political and labor organizing campaigns following graduation, including the California Nurses Union, Montana Teachers’ Union, and Montana Wilderness Association. Kate is a passionate open water swimmer, and trains in Flathead Lake during the summer season. In 2018, she was a part of a six-person relay to successfully circumnavigate the Flathead Lake Marine Trail, swimming nearly 80 miles in 26 hours. She lives in Polson with her partner Tyrel, who she met while working on the Tester Campaign, and their two dogs and cat. They enjoy hiking in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness and going on any adventures that involves water.