Program Officer, Agrobiodiversity and Resilient Biocultural Landscapes
Kyra is the Program Officer for Agrobiodiversity & Food Sovereignty and Resilient Biocultural Landscapes at the Christensen Fund. She works with the Global Program and partners in all six regions to support Indigenous innovation in food, land and livelihood processes.
Prior to joining the Christensen Fund, Kyra fostered local food sovereignty for over a decade. Alongside the Alternative Agriculture Network of Thailand and Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange, she worked on successful initiatives to certify and import Fair Trade Thai jasmine rice to the U.S. and to prevent an inequitable U.S.-Thai free trade agreement. With the White Earth Land Recovery Project in northern Minnesota, Kyra spearheaded the nation’s first Indigenous farm-to-school program and managed a culturally appropriate food delivery program for diabetic elders on the White Earth Reservation. She has represented the Republic of Maldives in international climate change negotiations and has worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency promoting tribal water quality standards.
Kyra holds a Master’s degree in Social Ecology of Conservation and Development from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she wrote her thesis on the Kuna’s groundbreaking biocultural curriculum in Kuna Yala, Panama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Environmental and Social Justice from Indiana University. Kyra is fluent in English and Thai and conversant in French and Spanish.
Outside of the office Kyra revels in the biocultural wonders of the Bay Area: hiking, biking, dancing, dining, gardening and most recently, attempting to cook a traditional dish from each Christensen region.