Krista Heiner leads diverse projects that examine policies and finance models governing integrated natural resource management, facilitates capacity building and knowledge sharing among public, private and civil society actors to better enable the collaborative management of landscape initiatives, and conducts research to understand resilient food system dynamics. She also supports the Policy Working Group for the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative. Recently, she has facilitated the development of the Kenya Learning Landscape Network, led a national-level assessment of the opportunities and challenges for integrated landscape investment in Kenya, and conducted participatory action research on the adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices in Kenya and Uganda, among other projects.
Krista previously worked with the US Forest Service and USAID on environment and development programs in Central and West Africa. She also conducted research on collaborative natural resource management agreements as a Fulbright Research Fellow in West Africa, and worked to build the capacity of ecotourism initiatives at Djoudj National Park in Senegal with the US Peace Corps. Krista holds an M.P.P Environmental Policy and an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, as well as a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College.