Kimberly R. Flowers

Executive Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

Office: Diamond 103 [ campus map ]
Box 5318

Phone: 207-859-5318
Fax: 207-859-4775
Mailing Address:
5318 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Flowers, Kimberly R.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Food Insecurity
  • International Development
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Strategic Communications

Professional Information

Ms. Flowers has two decades of experience in public policy, international development, and strategic communications and has been a frequent speaker and moderator on global food security trends. Her core area of expertise is in U.S. foreign assistance programs, particularly in agriculture, food security, and nutrition. She worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia, Haiti, and Jamaica and led strategic communications for the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. After serving for five years as communications director for a leading international development company working to eradicate hunger and poverty through agricultural solutions, she was named in 2015 as the first full-time director of global food security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. While at CSIS, she created and directed a new program on humanitarian assistance, led a high-level task force on humanitarian access, and conducted field research in more than a dozen countries. She joined Colby College in March 2020 as the new Executive Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs.


Antimicrobial Resistance and Climate Change: Implications for Policy and Practice in LMICs (November 2021)

Humanitarian Operations During Covid-19: A Conversation with António Vitorino of the International Organization for Migration (June 2020)


Climate Change and Food Security: A Test of U.S. Leadership In a Fragile World (CSIS, October 2019)


Kimberly Flowers delivered the 13th McGovern Lecture at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy on connections between food insecurity, political instability, and conflict. (November 2016)


In Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz's Truth of the Matter podcast, Kimberly Flowers discussed the political and humanitarian impact of climate change on food security and global hunger. (December 2019)


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