Bea Covington joined KCD as Executive Director in October, 2016. She is an agricultural and natural resource economist with over 25 years of experience in public policy, project and nonprofit management, impact analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and participatory community development.
A native of Virginia, Bea fell in love with the Pacific Northwest as a result of frequent trips to ride in the Seattle to Portland (STP) cycling event while in graduate school at the University of Florida. She’s been working her way westward ever since and finally arrived in Seattle in 2012.
She has developed and facilitated numerous stakeholder-driven processes to foster constructive engagement, proactive planning and collaboration to address sensitive environmental issues and allow for sustainable business development. The goal of these efforts are approaches that address the “triple bottom line.”
Bea has led efforts focused on public process design, civic engagement, conflict management, consensus building, and collaborative problem solving for professionals from municipal governments, state and federal regulatory agencies, private sector and citizen and conservation organizations. She specializes in the use of participatory research methods and has developed stakeholder engagement and community relations plans for extractive industries both domestically and abroad.
Her work as a natural resource economist has focused on regulatory impact assessment, natural resource and ecosystems services valuation and farming systems analyses. Before joining KCD, Bea served as a Senior Stabilization Advisor and Team Lead with USAID-Afghanistan where she developed and applied a methodology to track the impact of over $200 million in stabilization spending and created a tool that was used to assess stability conditions and gauge the impact of program interventions across 35 districts.
As an advisor to the US Army and US Marine Corps, Bea provided training and mentoring to military units on communication, stakeholder engagement, and the design and effective use of program interventions to stabilize communities in conflict environments.
Closer to home, Bea has worked on projects in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. She holds Masters degrees in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and Agricultural Education and Communication and is proficient in both French and Modern Standard Arabic. When she’s not leading the team at KCD, she can be found learning to fly fish with her husband John and her new Corgi puppies Fitz and Zelda.