Cate Bradley

Cate retired from the National Park Service. She was a landscape architect with the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program in Arizona providing assistance to communities that want to develop trails, and protect open space and riparian areas. She has been involved in community organizing, organizational development, project planning and management, public participation and civic leadership development since high school.

Undergraduate studies focused on history and philosophy which helped shape her approaches to broad ideas and consider the long view.  In 1990, she completed a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and in 2000 completed a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources, both from the University of Arizona. She began employment with the National Park Service in 1999, turning her earlier advocacy into her vocation bringing her education and passion together in the community collaboration work with RTCA.

Cate is excited to help collaboration groups understand the steps and components of a planning process needed to influence decision-makers to support and approve the plan recommendations that protect natural resources. She has honed various elements of the planning process, such as action agendas and necessary foundational steps for collaboration, to help guide project partners to their successes. As someone who loves to be outdoors, her personal bonus is enjoying the special natural places she has helped communities protect. Go take a hike, you’ll be glad you did.


Cate Bradley is featured in the following instructional videos:


Cate Bradley

Cate Bradley, MLA, Ph.D.

Landscape Architect, Collaboration Clinics and Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
National Park Service, Retired

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