Board and Staff

Katherine Amidon, Secretary

Katherine is the Local and Regional Government Market Leader for SynTerra Corporation, a science and engineering consulting firm. Her recent projects have focused on land use/water quality research and assessment, Brownfields redevelopment, carbon footprint analysis, opportunity zone assistance, and streetscape planning. Katherine is a hands-on project manager who prefers a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to planning. She likes to include key stakeholders in every step of a project — from onset through conclusion. She also strives to make science and engineering more approachable while assisting clients in decisions about resource allocation, timelines, budgeting, and more.


Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from Bates College in Maine and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. Katherine serves on the executive committee of the American Planning Association’s South Carolina chapter (2017-present), is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), and is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Candidate. She previously participated on the public outreach committee for the Reedy River Water Quality Group (2017-2020) and is excited about assisting FoRR in its mission to restore and conserve the local watershed.


Katherine is passionate about equitable access to nature, continual improvement of water quality, and ongoing education. She considers herself a “forever sponge” — there is always more to learn. Outside of work, you can find Katherine running the Swamp Rabbit Trail, exploring back roads on her bike, backpacking, and doing yoga.

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