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March is Women’s History Month. Throughout the month we’ll be profiling D.C. based women you should know. Amy Morse, the founder of Ideas Club, is heading the project. Today she profiles Kirsten Bourne. -ed.

Kiko’s eyes light up when she talks about food. Although she finds joy in building community around food, she is deeply provoked by the unplesant realities of the American food system – particularly our epic amount of food waste. During D.C.’s recent snowstorm, while many BYT readers were snuggled indoors, gleefully pelting friends with snowballs and drinking whiskey, many of our food insecure neighbors were struggling to get the food their families needed. In a pinch, Kiko (Kirsten, if we’re talking professionally), collaborated with her colleagues at the Capital Area Food Bank to spread the word in every way possible about their emergency food deliveries across D.C.—there was healthy food to be consumed, and 540,000 neighbors the CAFB serves each year who could benefit while cut off from transportation and other service.

As Director of Marketing for the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest hunger and nutrition organization serving the Washington area, Kirsten works with 444 food assistance partner non-profits, from DC Central Kitchen, Martha’s Table, Bread for the City and Manna Food Center to small church pantries. She raises money for the CAFB at the Blue Jeans Ball, organizes events with A Creative DC and Misfit Juicery in the CAFB’s onsite urban demonstration garden, and represents the food bank on TV during Hunger Action Month.  She also founded the Department of Homefood Security column at Edible DC to ensure consistent coverage of the serious, challenging issues in food.

Prior to falling in love with a handsome international lawyer (with an affinity for strong women), she lived in the Bay Area for ten years. Kiko followed her mother’s wisdom that everyone should be a restaurant server once. She learned to love giving great service, slinging mediocre pancakes, succulent smoked salmon sandwiches, and savory Kati rolls and Thali plates. She developed brand and strategy skills as marketing director for the Bi-Rite Market, dubbed “America’s most ambitious grocery” by Food & Wine, and Bi-Rite Creamery, which had more yelp reviews than any business on the planet!

Kiko enjoys hosting kimchi-making parties, biking around D.C., and dreaming up café concepts. She teaches vinyasa yoga and keeps a blog at kikosfoodnews.com.

Woman Who Inspires Her

Ann Marcus, the late mother of her husband. Kiko only met Ann once, but her reputation preceded her and her spirit was strong. She built a thriving design and printing business in New York City while raising two impressive kids, finding time along the way to get creative collaging fairy sculptures. She took matters into her own hands and didn’t put up with any BS!

Learn More and Get Involved

Capital Area Food Bank

DC Central Kitchen

Martha’s Table