Olivia Walcott Gonda

Philanthropy Coordinator

Olivia was born and raised on a farm in Michigan. Watching the land produce food for her community and swimming in Lake Michigan until she turned blue informed her love of place-based work. In college, Olivia participated in student organizing for sustainability projects and studied environmental science at Northern Michigan University.

Olivia acquired database-management skills from her work as a local-food organizer in Iowa and the San Juan Islands—bringing this experience to the Preservation Trust when she joined the staff in March 2022 as Philanthropy Coordinator. When Olivia isn’t at SJPT’s Friday Harbor office, you can find her reading, cycling, hiking, or wrangling her 12-year-old diabetic cat, Roger.