Kara leads Aquaya’s research efforts on quantitative analysis, data science, and web development. Based in Kenya, she is leading data analysis efforts under the USAID Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project and is developing a web application to aid decision-makers in designing and planning sanitation programs.
Prior to joining Aquaya, Kara was a Projects & Membership Manager with the Coalition for Urban Rural Environmental Stewardship and the Central Coast Groundwater Coalition, where she worked on various projects to monitor and improve drinking water quality on irrigated lands in California, and facilitate growers’ compliance with the requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards. Kara’s Masters research included work with high solids anaerobic digestion and a life cycle analysis of an innovative ammonium recovery system from urine.
Kara has a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Earth Science and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.