Kristin Urquiza

Senior Advisor, Restoration and Rewilding

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Kristin Urquiza is a Senior Advisor overseeing Mighty Earth’s global restoration and rewilding work. Kristin has more than two decades of experience working on environmental and public health issues, specializing in devising hard-hitting campaigns that mobilize impacted communities, governments, and corporate stakeholders for transformative change. She’s also an expert on developing restitution models that start to repair and heal harm done to people and Nature by extractive and exploitative systems.

Previously she led Mighty Earth’s work to eliminate deforestation from the rubber industry and led the development of a multistakeholder platform that brings together corporations and NGOs to maintain non-deforestation commitments. The work continues to set the standard for cooperation across commodity agriculture. Additionally, she authored Lessons from the Covid War: An Investigative Report and co-founded Marked By Covid, the worlds’ pre-eminent Covid survivor and long Covid group working for pandemic justice, remembrance, and public health systems that work for all people. As a spokesperson for Nature and people Kristin has been featured in thousands of TV appearances, print media, and was a guest speaker at the 2020 Democratic National Committee. She’s written opinion pieces featured in The Washington Post, the Guardian, Politico, the Hill, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and NBC Think.

She is a graduate of Yale University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley where she earned a Master of Public Affairs. She can be followed online @kdurquiza. Kristin is based in San Francisco, CA where she can be found on a trail in Golden Gate Park walking her rescue dog Blaze.