Katie Hajjar came to Groundwork equipped with a degree in horticulture and years of experience as a bookkeeper. It was the ideal blend of interests to guide the financial day-to-day of Groundwork—paying bills and payroll, and helping keep track of donations and sponsorships—while bonding with people who like to grow good things, both literally and metaphorically.
“I’m excited to be a part of the work Groundwork is doing to protect the environment and enrich our community,” Katie says. She sees the connection between her work and life in the way she keenly appreciates Northern Michigan’s clean water, stellar environment and small-town living. “Some of my favorite activities are going for walks with my six-year-old son, and our German shepherds,” she says. “We have lots of favorite spots but mostly walk and bike around our neighborhood.”
With a small child at home, it’s no wonder Katie looks ahead and considers the kind of planet she wants to leave for her son. “I am excited to be a part of a team that is working to protect the environment so we will have clean water in our future,” she says.
Also, Katie’s horticulture studies enable her to quickly understand the value in Groundwork’s local food program, which aims to build a strong local food economy while providing super healthy food to Michigan’s people. “I love how Groundwork connects farmers to communities, and helps Michiganders access healthy food,” she says.