This week, we bid farewell to Katie Lorah, our fabulous Deputy Director of Communications. When Katie came to us in 2005, Friends of the High Line was a small staff of five, and the High Line had not yet been secured for park use. Over the past five years, she has been an indispensible part of the High Line project, helping to generate countless glowing High Line stories in the local, national, and international media, overseeing the High Line Web site, launching and maintaining the High Line Blog and other new media, and managing our email newsletter.
During her time here, Katie has in many ways served as the voice of the High Line. We have come to rely on her sound judgment, which is rooted in a deeply held belief in the potential of the High Line project to innovate and improve New York City. She was instrumental in planning our successful Section 1 opening last year. She has also spearheaded some of our most creative projects, from the High Line Portrait Project, to "High Line Stories," a series of short profile pieces she helped to produce for the Sundance Channel, to the reissue of Joel Sternfeld's Walking the High Line. She has also shown herself to be a talented sloganeer, videographer, tour guide, bike messenger, cartographer, t-shirt model, and seed-collector.
Katie leaves the High Line to hike for six months on the West Coast's Pacific Crest Trail, after which she will pursue a graduate degree in environmental planning. We will miss her greatly, and we envy those who will have the good fortune to work with her in the future.