Senior Coordinator, America Forward
As the Senior Coordinator of America Forward, Kira provides a high level of support for Executive Director, Deborah Smolover, and the full America Forward team. In this role, she serves as a critical link between the DC-based policy team, the New Profit staff, and external constituents in advancing America Forward's innovative policy agenda. Kira works closely with the America Forward Coalition, a group of nearly 50 results-driven, entrepreneurial organizations to promote a public policy agenda that champions innovative and effective solutions to our country's most pressing social problems.
Kira has spent the last five years of her life deeply immersed in issues of social justice and tikkun olam (a phrase in Hebrew which means 'repair the world'). After immigrating from Russia as a young child and growing up in both rural and urban communities of varying diversity and socio-economic status in the United States, Kira witnessed not only the disparities in opportunity between countries, but also within our own borders. Extremely proud of her family for achieving the American Dream, Kira believes that every American, whether native or naturalized, should have the opportunity to make that dream a reality. Kira is optimistic that with New Profit’s model of investing in what works and America Forward’s mission of working with policymakers to create systems-level change, we will close the disparity gaps in our country and allow every American to aspire to and achieve his or her own American Dream.
Before joining New Profit, Kira served as Executive Scheduler for a U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts. Her initial interest in the social sector developed during a summer spent at Root Cause, where she first learned about New Profit and the Social Innovation Fund. Kira continued to explore this interest by working on the Save Service effort at Be the Change, Inc. and launching a direct service movement on her college campus. A proud Jumbo for life, Kira graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations. During her senior year, she co-led the creation of Repair the World through Tufts Hillel, an initiative to engage students in direct service and address the needs of local communities. By coupling direct service with service learning (through text study and small group discussions), Kira co-taught many of her peers, exploring the connection between religion, direct service, community, and large-scale social change.
Out of the office, Kira can be found hanging out with friends, attempting to re-create her mother’s favorite recipes, watching reruns of her favorite shows (like Seinfeld and Friends), cardio kickboxing at the gym, or reading a book with a cup of tea in hand.
Q&AWhat is your favorite place in the entire world?
A tie between the streets and parks of Madrid, Spain and the very diverse (some black, some red, some sandy, some rocky) beaches of Santorini, Greece. Both are places I would return to in a heartbeat.
What is your favorite food?
Potatoes. I can eat them in any form, but I prefer deep fried (either French fries or latkes).
What inspires you?
My parents. They gave up everything – friends, family, culture, a sense of belonging – to bring my sister and me to the United States. They've sacrificed many things in their personal lives so that I might have opportunities they never dreamed of for themselves. I owe it to them, and to everyone who believes in the spirit of this country, to make it a better place.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.