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Sierra Dakin Kuiper

Sierra Dakin Kuiper
Senior Manager for Foundations and Donor Relationships
(202) 939-3810

Sierra joined ELI in September 2019 as the Senior Manager for Foundation and Donor Relationships. She plays a lead role in the development office, helping to secure resources needed for ELI to address environmental challenges and opportunities.

Sierra holds a MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Brandeis University. Her master’s research explored social dimensions of land management practices related to large landscape conservation initiatives in North America using ethnographic methods. She has presented her research at TedX and on panels at several academic conferences. Sierra also earned a BA with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada and a 9-month certificate in Mountain Adventure Skills Training from the College of the Rockies in British Columbia, Canada.

Prior to ELI, Sierra was a Senior Associate with the Environment Practice at Waxman Strategies in Washington, DC where she played a lead role on business development and supported the work of the international forest program through campaign project management and research. Sierra also worked for five years as a Park Ranger in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, generating impactful messaging and inspiring thousands of visitors to connect with the area’s rich array of cultural and natural resources through ranger-led programs. She has served as a Board Fellow on the Land’s Sake Board of Directors (a community farm in Massachusetts) and a Community Advisor for the Graduate Commons Program at Harvard University. She currently serves as a Board Member for DC EcoWomen, a non-profit that inspires and empowers women to be leaders for the environment by cultivating an inclusive community that fosters personal and professional development.