Kimberly Flowers is Director of the Humanitarian Agenda and the Global Food Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In this role, she analyzes the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs and policies that impact global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. She is a frequent speaker, moderator, and author on issues from the global food system to humanitarian aid. Ms. Flowers has published in Forbes; Georgetown University’s International Affairs Journal; and has been quoted in congressional testimonies, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post. At CSIS, she has led a high-level task force on humanitarian access and done field research in more than 12 countries, including leading bipartisan, bicameral congressional staff delegations.
Prior to joining CSIS in 2015, Ms. Flowers was the communications director for Fintrac, an international development company focusing on hunger eradication and poverty alleviation through agricultural solutions. From 2005 to 2011, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving overseas as a development, outreach, and communications officer in Ethiopia and Jamaica; supporting public affairs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; and leading strategic communications for the U.S. government’s global hunger and nutrition initiative. Ms. Flowers began her international development career in 1999 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria, where she founded a young women’s leadership camp that continues today. She also served as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Jamaica in 2004. She is a magna cum laude graduate of William Jewell College, studied at Oxford University, and is an alumna of the Pryor Center for Leadership Development.