Kathy Scanlan

Chief Operating Officer

Kathy Scanlan joined ISB as Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Kathy oversees ISB’s administrative services, finances, facilities, development, and communications departments. She also serves as ISB’s Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. 

Over a career encompassing roles in government, nonprofits, and sports, Kathy has created a track record of outstanding results for a broad array of challenging assignments. Prior to joining ISB, she consulted with government agencies and nonprofits to facilitate change and help find lasting solutions to what often seemed to be intractable problems. Kathy’s consulting assignments included working closely with the Washington State Legislature on ferry and transportation issues; strategic and business planning for museums, park facilities, and global health/discovery science initiatives; feasibility studies of renewable energy projects; and assisting cities and counties in Washington state.

For 10 years, Kathy was involved in international sports, beginning as Executive Vice President of the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games Organizing Committee and ending as President of USA Gymnastics, where she helped lead the U.S. to its first women’s gymnastics team gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Prior to that, Kathy worked for the City of Seattle in finance and parks, and her tenure included executive-level positions at Seattle Center and Woodland Park Zoo.

Masters in Public Administration, University of Washington

Bachelor of Science, Lewis and Clark College