Kimberly Madson

SPP Ecological Education Coordinator                                                                      MPA Program, The Evergreen State College

Kimberly is a passionate educator, activist, and conservationist. Originally from Spokane, she moved to Olympia as a child. After graduating from Capital High School, she earned her Associates of Arts degree at South Puget Sound Community College. Her love for Pacific Northwest forests then led her to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from The Evergreen State College. During this time, she worked as a substitute paraeducator for Educational Service District 113. She very much enjoyed interacting with students from elementary, middle, and high schools as well as students from the juvenile detention center.

Next, she served with the Peace Corps in Panama where she promoted environmental protection in rural areas. She coordinated sustainable agriculture and environmental education programs with community members, librarians from the provincial capital, incarcerated people in the Penenomé Public Jail, teachers, and members of Panama’s EPA.

After her time in the Peace Corps, Kimberly continued to travel and landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she lived for 10 years. She explored the Argentine pampa grasslands and salt flats and Buenos Aires cityscapes. She taught students from around the world via a virtual classroom and met the love of her life, her husband Ariel. She also completed a Master of Environmental Science program at University of Buenos Aires. Now she’s happy to be back in Olympia, pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at Evergreen and coordinating the Western Turtle Rehabilitation Program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center.