Karin Columba, Executive Director

Karin Columba, Executive Director


Karin Columba

Executive Director

A native Bolivian, Karin brings over 20 years of firsthand experience working with indigenous and rural communities in Latin America in a variety of development and environmental initiatives, including serving as Executive Director of Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza for nine years in Bolivia. She joined One Equal Heart in February of 2019.

“I am truly excited about serving as Director of  One Equal Heart because I want to work with Indigenous leaders and communities to build their own development based on their cultural values.”

Karin received her Master of Science in Planning and Environment in 1997 from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Zaragoza, Spain; her Bachelor in Agricultural Businesses Administration in 1991 from Universidad Fundación Tecnológica Antonio de Arévalo in Cartagena, Colombia; her Graduate Diploma in Management of Small Businesses in 2014 from the University Oberta of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain; and she completed an Executive Management Program (PAG) in 2006 with the INCAE Business School in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Living in the Puget Sound region with her husband and beloved pets, Karin likes to explore natural parks, have coffee time with a book or her friends, and watch soccer in her free time.