Katherine K. Macdonald – Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s New Executive Director


On January 10, Katherine K. Macdonald begins her tenure as the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Kathy brings a wealth of skills to her new position, including both public company and not-for-profit management experience. She was President of KMAC Marketing and, prior to that, was Vice President of Marketing for Thompson Island Outward Bound, a non-profit focused on experiential education. Her hiring is the result of a lengthy search that saw applications from around the country. As it turned out, Kathy was already well-acquainted with MassHort. She lives in Wellesley and Elm Bank has long been part of her regular cycling route.

“I was attracted by the extraordinary opportunity to leverage the turnaround that is already underway at Mass Hort as a launching pad for the organization’s renaissance,” Kathy says. “Mass Hort has been part of the environmental movement since 1829, and now is the time to make its voice heard in the contemporary conversation. My goal for MassHort is straightforward: to use the organization’s considerable resources to meet society’s changing needs. To that end, I believe MassHort must sharpen its focus on sustainability, protecting natural resources, health, and environmental stewardship.”

Kathy holds an MBA from Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University. Long active in civic affairs in Wellesley, she has been an elected Town Meeting member for 24 years. Kathy has served on multiple committees, including the Advisory/Finance Committee, the Wellesley Housing Development Corporation, and the Community Preservation Committee. She has managed several initiative campaigns including one, in 2002, for the Massachusetts League of Women Voters that focused on campaign television advertising. An avid cyclist and gardener, Kathy and her husband Kevin have lived in Wellesley for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Brian and Bridget.  Photo credit: Andy Caulfield.

Katherine Macdonald