Kristen Schwind

Kirsten Schwind Co-founder and Senior Strategist

kirsten@baylocalize.org

Kirsten holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Swarthmore College and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Michigan. She authored Rooted in Resilience’s Community Resilience Toolkit and co-authored Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops, which won an award from the American Planning Association’s California Chapter. Kirsten is deeply involved in local energy policy and formerly served as the Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Energy Commission. At Rooted in Resilience Kirsten convenes the Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI), and takes the lead on Resilient Services workshops and consulting. She also has worked extensively in food systems and international trade policy at other nonprofit groups, including as Program Director at Food First, and once served as shop steward for her union. Kirsten worked for several years in Latin America in human rights and the environment, and is fluent in Spanish.