Katharine Conover plans to retire next summer after leading the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for 15 years.
“It’s time to use the ‘r’ word,” Conover said in a statement. “Knowing the foundation is in an incredibly strong position, I am ready to announce my retirement, though I’m not quite ready to leave. I’ve given the board a year’s notice.”
Hired in 2005 from her role as Community Safety Network’s executive director, Conover oversaw the growth of the Community Foundation’s assets by 136%, to more than $78 million. The endowment portfolio has also grown from $8 million in 2005 to $42 million today, a release said.
“I’m proud of all the work they do at Community Foundation and I look forward to seeing it continue to be an essential resource for our local nonprofits,” she said.
The foundation’s board has appointed a search committee as it begins to look for its next president. Conover said she expects her replacement to take over sometime in the first half of 2020.
“It has been an unbelievably wonderful experience leading the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and now it is time for a different adventure,” Conover said in the statement. “I am sure that everyone will be fascinated by pictures of my new grandson, and I am happy to share them with anyone who shows the slightest interest! It may be a cliché, but in my case, it is true. I’d like to spend more time with my family.”
And, Conover said in an interview, “more free time for life.”
Before she departs her post, Conover said she is focusing on leaving on a strong note and throwing herself into planning the Community Foundation’s flagship event.
“Let’s make this year’s Old Bill’s the best ever,” she said. “Then I can retire happily.”