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Council Staff- Kathleen Baxter

Kathleen Baxter
Grants Management Specialist

Kathleen "Katy" Baxter currently serves as a Grants Management Specialist for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). Created by the RESTORE Act of 2012 and comprised of the Governors of the five Gulf Coast States and Cabinet-level officials from six federal agencies, the Council is responsible for restoring and protecting the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast.

Prior to this position, Baxter served as the State Director for the Texas Field Office with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Her responsibilities included the management and oversight of CNCS mission-based and grants management activities. She led the national service response for the Texas Field Office after numerous natural disasters, providing technical assistance and access to national service resources to affected communities. She was deployed to respond to hurricanes and floods as a member of the CNCS Disaster Response Cadre (specially trained agency staff to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters).

Baxter began her federal career with CNCS as a Recruitment and Placement Officer and later worked in both North Carolina and Texas as a Program Officer. The program officer responsibilities included analysis, review, and award of federal grant applications, as well as oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance to recipients.

Prior to CNCS, she worked as a crisis intervention coordinator in the mental health field providing supportive housing options for individuals with mental illness experiencing homelessness.

Baxter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.