Kristen Walker Painemilla

Kristen Walker Painemilla

Vice President, Social Policy + Practice

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Kristen Walker Painemilla is A CI vice president and the executive director of CI’s Indigenous & Traditional Peoples Program ( ITPP). Kristen created ITPP in 2003 to strengthen CI’s commitments to indigenous and traditional peoples and support the vital role of their territories in conservation landscapes. Prior to joining CI, Kristen conducted field research in Chile; her primary area of research has been with indigenous Mapuche Indians in southern Chile and their relationship to the natural environment, most recently with ecotourism on the Chile-Argentine border with the Pehuenche communities. She holds her degree in Latin American studies and anthropology from George Washington University. Kristen has served on several boards, including the Equator Initiative, the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force and the Chol-Chol Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose principal aim is to provide education for the women of indigenous rural communities with limited resources. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Fabian, a Mapuche Indian from Chile and her son, Linkoyam.​ Learn more.

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