Kathy J. Spangler is Executive Director of Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration. The 2019 Commemoration marks the 400th anniversary of four landmark events in 1619, which set Virginia and America on a course towards the ideals of Democracy, Diversity and Opportunity. As the Executive Director, Ms. Spangler serves as principal liaison to the 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee. She is a nationally recognized leader with more than 35 years of experience in public and non-profit management.
Ms. Spangler most recently served as vice president of Save the Children from 2010-2015 in Washington, D.C. During her time at Save the Children, Ms. Spangler led the organization’s U.S. Programs, including Head Start. She served in several executive roles from 2007 to 2010 at America’s Promise Alliance, where she oversaw the 100 Best Communities for Young People national recognition program. Additionally, Ms. Spangler served four years as the founding director of the National Partnerships, capping her 20-year tenure, from 1987-2007, at the National Recreation and Park Association. She worked as a recreation supervisor and coordinator in New Hampshire from 1979 to 1987.
Ms. Spangler earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and achieved the Certified Association Executive credential. She has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctoral degree in 2003 from the University of Maine.