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Communications Adviser
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Cindy Sabato joined the PEC staff in fall 2019, eager to tell the stories of the people and the work that help preserve and honor the environmental beauty and character of the Virginia Piedmont. Prior to joining PEC, she led the communications team at Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay™ and served as a board member and outreach volunteer for the South Kingstown Land Trust in Rhode Island.

She holds a communications degree from James Madison University and some 20+ years in public relations and communications leadership for public education and nonprofit organizations. Upon rediscovering her passion and love for all things outdoors, she decided to refocus her career on the environment. Piedmont Environmental Council’s mission and vision are perfectly aligned with her interests in caring for our water, land, and natural resources.

Cindy was born and raised in mid-Maryland, hails from a dairy-farming family, and grew up camping and fishing. She lives in Fauquier County with her husband and cat (just one, until she starts volunteering at the local animal shelter), and loves hiking, SCUBA diving, dancing and homebrewing.

Senior Conservation Fellow
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*We're excited to welcome Kat Imhoff back on staff starting on December 2, 2019! Earlier in her career, Kat served as Vice President for Conservation and Development for PEC.

For the last seven years though, Kat served as the President and CEO of James Madison's Montpelier, where she oversaw all aspects of a national historic site, including the management of the historic house and grounds, its diverse education and museum programs, and the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution.

Prior to joining Montpelier in January 2013, Kat enjoyed a five-year tenure as State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, where she led a successful $490 million effort to conserve an ecologically intact unit of 310,000 acres of land in the Northern Rockies that serves as an environmentally-protected migratory corridor extending from Wyoming across Montana to Canada.

Before her leadership role at The Nature Conservancy, Kat served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) which owns and operates Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

She has served as the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia and the Executive Director of the Commission on Population Growth and Development, a 33-member legislative study commission established by the Virginia General Assembly to promote growth management legislation. ​

This continuing dedication to preservation has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Virginia Wildlife Federation, and the Piedmont Environmental Council. It also led to her gubernatorial appointment as chair of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the largest holder of easements in the United States. She also served on the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

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