Kara supports Aquaya’s projects by managing research programs, leading quantitative data analysis activities, and developing interactive data visualizations and web applications. Based in Kenya, she aids decision-makers in designing and planning sanitation programs. Her work includes cost-benefit modeling, technology evaluation, and poverty mapping.
Prior to joining Aquaya, Kara was a projects and membership manager with the Coalition for Urban Rural Environmental Stewardship and the Central Coast Groundwater Coalition. She worked on various projects to monitor and improve drinking water quality on irrigated lands in California and to facilitate growers’ compliance with the requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards. Her master’s research dealt with high-solids anaerobic digestion and life-cycle analysis of an innovative system for ammonium recovery from urine.
Kara holds an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis and a BA in earth science and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.