Co-Founder and Research and Community Partner Outreach Coordinator
Kiera Coughlan has over a decade of experience working with non-profits both in the United States and Internationally, and in-depth research experience focusing on culture, land use and environment.
She has collaborated with the United States Embassy Cultural Outreach office on community building projects in west Africa, studied Ecocriticism and environmental economics in western Ireland and worked with non-profits and the Department of Human Services across the US to improve social welfare, access to representation and local resource development. Her experience managing grant programs for non-profits across the western US, raising funds for social and environmental campaigns and research on cultural connections to land inform her work with GEIA’s on the ground non-profit partners.
Her research has outlined the intersection of industrial environmental degradation, international relations and postcolonial theory, and her work with west African based agricultural non-profits focused on the role of colonial land use policies in ecological disruption.
She has served on the Steering Committee for Age and Gender Equity in the Arts’ Unconscious Bias Symposium in Portland, Oregon, is the Chief Strategy Officer for Papermoon Services Non-Profit Consulting, and is the co-founder of NK Media, a boutique creative marketing agency.
She holds a Master’s Degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway in Culture and Colonialism and a Bachelors in International Studies with an emphasis in Post-Colonial African Studies from Humboldt State University.