Kathy Bridges assisted Jack & Nancy Bridges since the creation of The Bridges Foundation in 1987. She was asked to serve as Executive Director in 2000 and has served as a Trustee since 2001.
Kathy has devoted most of her life working with and directing non-profit agencies. Her efforts include:
- Directed Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association in Newport, OR (1975-1980)
- Spearheaded creation of the Small Farmers Market in Newport, OR (1977-1980)
- Directed The Mid-Valley Children's Guild, Salem, OR (1982-1994) which was later operated by Easter Seals until 2013
- Served on the Board for the Autism Society of Oregon, Salem, OR (1996-2008)
- Served on the Board for Northwest Land Conservation Trust, Eugene, OR (2008-2015)
- Continues to serve on the Board for Oregon Aquaculture Association, Stayton, OR (2004-present). She also served on the Oregon State University Sea Grant Extension Aquaculture Advisory Council and the Oregon Department of Agriculture Regional Strategies Committee on Aquaculture.
- Continues to serve on the Board for Killingsworth Condominium Association, Portland, OR (2013-2015, 2017-present)
In 1991, Kathy was honored by Governor Barbara Roberts and Salem YWCA by receiving the Tribute to Outstanding Women for significant contributions and services as Executive Director for The Mid-Valley Children’s Guild. During her tenure, thousands of children received early intervention services including physical, occupation, speech/language, and music therapy, family services, mental health services, preschool program, summer camp and a two-year preschool program specializing in services for children with autism.
In addition to her work and volunteering with non-profits, Kathy worked as Manager for world-renowned bronze artist and oil painter, Lorenzo Ghiglieri, Aurora, OR (1998-2002).
Since 1980, Kathy owns and operates a 150-acre farm, Santiam Valley Ranch, LLC. Products include aquaculture, lamb production and certified organic crops. Kathy is committed to using renewable energy systems and the farm generates up to 52.8 kW through wind and solar systems. Since 2012, 100 acres are being restored to wetland prairie working with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service. In 2014, Marion County presented the “Green Award” to Santiam Valley Ranch as its Sustainable Small Business of the Year.
Kathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, with Minors in Chemistry and Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Resource Economics from Utah State University. Kathy is married and together they have raised six sons.