Kianna was born in the Republic of Marshall Islands but was adopted and raised in America since her earliest childhood. She has been serving communities since her young years, from youth counselor at summer camps in Oregon to volunteering and teaching handicapped children to ride horses for physical therapy lessons in Washington. She has worked with numerous NGOs, ranging from assisting Homeless food programs in the USA to the American Women’s Club in Copenhagen, Denmark.
She worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate for the Pierce County Domestic Violence & Suicide Hotline for three years, as well as a local Domestic Violence Women and Children Advisor for the Washington State Patrol. Always being a firm supporter of Women’s Rights and Child Protection, she has been a strong supporter and volunteer for the YWCA and shelters in both Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the United Nations Association as well as UN Women.
Kianna is often giving time to local sustainability initiatives, such as the Lake Oswego City Sustainability Board and the Lake Oswego School Districts Green Team. She helped facilitate the start of a greenhouse program for local food and education in the local school district, where she is also volunteering her time in her children’s classrooms.
In the last decade, Kianna has reconnected with her Marshallese heritage. Continuing her passion for serving communities led Kianna founding the international 501(c)3 non-profit organization Living Islands in 2013 and co-founding the social justice organization COFA Alliance National Network in 2014. She continues to serve as Executive Director for Living Islands and as Board Member for CANN. Kianna is a strong believer in international community work and a fierce supporter of the United Nations and is always working on connecting her organization with partners across the globe.
Kianna currently lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with her 4 children and Danish husband Jesper, that proudly supports her work every day. Kianna is committed to her life goal of making the world better through developing and building international communities and relationships.
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Clarence Luther / Mayor of Namdrik Atoll
When I was a boy over 50 years ago, we ate our own fish and grew our own food. We couldn’t rely on the supply ship which only came maybe twice year. But now if the supply ship doesn’t come for three weeks we are worried – what will we do, what will we eat? So I am helping my community become more sustainable through the initiatives we are developing and implementing with help from government and partners.”
Pacific Peoples' Partnership
We are blown away by the quality of work Living Islands has done to promote Marshallese communities, and we look forward to walking with you in solidarity with Pacific people!
Drops together make the ocean, and grains of sand together make an island...