Kathleen George has spent her career helping tribal governments accomplish their goals and build their future. This work is the foundation to her deep commitment to ensuring that Tribes have a seat at the table when decisions are being made that affect Tribal people and resources. Prior to being elected to Tribal Council Kathleen was the Director of Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Tribe. This position also provided opportunities to educate the world of philanthropy about the significant needs and tremendous opportunities in Indian Country today. Before working in philanthropy she partnered with tribal communities throughout Oregon and Washington on efforts to restore healthy environments to protect tribal people and their resources. Kathleen’s consulting firm, Cedar Consulting, worked in natural resources policy and strategic planning.
Kathleen currently serves on the Spirit Mountain Gaming Incorporated Board of Directors and has served on a number of boards and committees including
- Oregon Environmental Quality Commission
- Hatfield School of Government Center for Women’s Leadership
- CTGR Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Program Advisory Board
- Board of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- Women’s Foundation of Oregon Listen to Her Advisory Committee
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Cultural Coalition
She was awarded the Columbia River Hero Award by the Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group for her work to protect the health of tribal people who eat fish from Oregon rivers. She is also a graduate of Dominican University where she majored in Environmental Biology and studied public administration in Graduate School.
Kathleen and her husband Rick live with their sons and Kathleen’s Mom in the country outside of Sheridan.