Kira Finkler

Director, Idaho Water Project at: Trout Unlimited


Kira Finkler oversees collaborative projects throughout Idaho that encourage smart water management and meet diverse needs, from agriculture and industry to fish and wildlife resources.  From 2009 through 2012, Finkler served as the Bureau of Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner in the Department of the Interior.  She led the agency’s efforts to 1) create a successful partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for improving the efficiency of agricultural water use; 2) increase the hiring of young people by more than 66 percent over a three-year period; and 3) begin to identify and measure climate change adaptation actions.  She has a total of 12 years of experience as a staff person in the United States Senate.  Beginning in 2003, Finkler spent four years as Government Affairs Director for Trout Unlimited.  She has served on the board of Sustainable Northwest, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and the Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Finkler holds a JD from American University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona.