Officers and Staff

Board Officers

John Driggers, President

John in RMNP (2)John is the son of Nathan “Barry” Driggers, a key figure in the Foundation’s early formation and conservation orientation. John basically “grew up” with the Foundation, and as result, was instilled early with Foundation’s principals regarding stewardship and conservation. His long term exposure to the Foundation’s activities has allowed John to follow ongoing conservation efforts in the northern Rockies, an area where he maintains a deep personal interest. John has an MBA in Finance, and a variety of experiences from various successful entrepreneurial activities. This background helps John support the Foundation to grow its investments and maintain its conservation focus.  John has been on the Board since 1998, and was elected Vice President in 2013.  John became the Foundation’s President early in 2015.  In this capacity, John manages the work of the Board of Trustees, and provides strategic guidance and support to both the investment and program activities of the Foundation.

Bob Langbauer, Vice President and Treasurer

BobBob has long enjoyed working with state grassroots conservation groups. He first became involved as a founding member of the Mono Lake Committee dealing with water rights in the West. Later he gained experience in investment management and has directed the Foundation investment process since 1996 from our office in Naples, Florida.

Del Langbauer, Senior Program Advisor

DelAfter more than 20 years as President of The Harder Foundation, Del retired in early 2015, turning the presidential gavel over to John Driggers.  Del will continue to serve as a Trustee; and as Senior Program Advisor, he will maintain his active engagement with our Alaska grantmaking program.  Earlier in his career, Del taught comparative religion and philosophy for 22 years at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. His area of personal research was the implications for environmental ethics of symbols and values in traditional Asian cultures. Del has been an active mountaineer, sailor and sea kayaker, and a long-term volunteer environmentalist.  He began serving as an environmental program advisor to The Harder Foundation in 1978; became Vice-President of the Foundation after retiring from the University; and in 1994 was elected as its President.

Executive Director

Kay Treakle

Kay manages the overall operations of The Foundation as well as our grantmaking program for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. A native of Tacoma, Kay joined The Harder Foundation in 2006. Prior to coming to Harder, Kay was a Program Officer in the Environment Program at the C.S. Mott Foundation, in the Reform of International Finance and Trade grantmaking area. Kay is the former Executive Director of the DC-based watchdog group, the Bank Information Center, where she advocated for transparency, accountability, and environmental and indigenous rights policies at the World Bank. She has also been a senior manager, campaigner, and Board member of Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace International; and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW).  Past board services include the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the Pesticide Action Network, and the Washington Toxics Coalition. Kay studied Ecological Agriculture at the Evergreen State College.  She lives in her home town with her husband, and enjoys cooking for family, stewarding her Little Free Library, gardening, and accessing the great state of Washington’s amazing topography.

Contract Administrative Support

Mary Beth Garafola
Financial Assistant
The Harder Foundation, Florida Office

Nancy Lewis-Williams
The Harder Foundation, Tacoma Office