About Kat

As President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier, Kat Imhoff oversees 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.


Under her leadership, The Montpelier Foundation received a gift of $11 million from
David M. Rubenstein towards completing the restoration and refurnishing of Madison’s home
and the reconstruction of enslaved community sites.  The gift also made possible the permanent exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour, which has garnered multiple national awards since its June 2017 opening.   


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, Vice President for Conservation and Development of the Piedmont Environmental Council, 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, and to the board of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. She also served on the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. 

"Throughout my career, I've found myself front and center as a protector and storyteller for some of our nations most treasured land and historic sites."

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