Green Festival Speakers

Kirsten Schwind


Kirsten Schwind is co-founder and Program Director of Bay Localize, where she specializes in equitable climate adaptation. She authored The Community Resilience Toolkit, an adaptation planning curriculum now used in 46 states and 30 countries. She co-authored Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops, which won an award from the American Planning Association's California Chapter. She holds a BA in Economics and a MS in Natural Resources. She formerly served as the Chair of the City of Berkeley's Energy Commission. She has also 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 as a steward for human rights and the environment, and is fluent in Spanish.