Kathryn Leonard

Kathryn is a professional archaeologist and historian who is currently serving a gubernatorial appointment as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO.)  As SHPO, Kathryn works with municipalities, state and federal agencies and tribes to assist them with regulatory compliance with historic preservation laws, and to provide guidance on the preservation of buildings, archaeological sites and landscapes. Kathryn seeks to promote historic preservation as a tool for economic development in both rural and urban areas and collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that cultural resources are addressed during short and long-range planning activities.

Born and raised in Albany, New York, she is a graduate of Vassar College and holds Masters Degrees in History and Anthropology from Arizona State University.  Kathryn played the cello through high school and is now the proud parent of a cellist and a violinist who have studied the Suzuki method since they were four.