The Sustainable Southeast Partnership frequently looks to Kai Environmental to build workforce development initiatives. Cathy Needham, is the familiar face and force behind this Alaskan business and a catalyst of many inspiring projects across our rural communities.

Born in Ketchikan, Needham is a driven Tsimshian and Haida entrepreneur. She grew up during economic booms that were not sustainable. However, she believes firmly that there is a balance between creating job opportunities and managing local resources responsibly. Her business contracts with tribal governments, organizations and land managers to create opportunities that put locals to work on the lands and waters they know, depend on, and love. From Natural Resource Academies that provide training in a wide array of stream habitat and forestry work, to sockeye weir operations, Cathy has helped initiate it all. 

This summer, during the Natural Resource Academy our partners helped catalyze in Klawock we asked Cathy why she thinks this work is great.. Her response was pretty inspiring. Watch below.

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership is grateful for Alaskans like Cathy who use their talents, time, resources and expertise to invest in the future of our rural communities by building capacity in others. Thanks Cathy!