Kara was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, and is a 2006 graduate of the University of Oregon with bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and political science. Upon graduation Kara moved to Rwanda to intern for Columbia University’s Access project. During her time there she implemented computer-based accounting systems for more than 20 rural health centers and conducted training with their staff in the areas of budgeting, financial reporting, and asset management. After completing her internship and consultancy, Kara stayed in Rwanda to launch an artistic café and cultural event venue. Kara joined the Stand team in 2010.