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Kari Kostka

Director of External Affairs, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

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Kari Kostka Director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy's Idaho chapter. © Jolene Grizzle


Government relations, state government, climate and public lands policy, strategic planning

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Raised in Idaho, Kari Kostka joined The Nature Conservancy in Idaho in 2019 to lead TNC’s policy and advocacy efforts aimed at building partnerships for conservation policy and public funding. She serves as the government relations point at both the federal and state levels and oversees the management of the chapter’s Climate Program.

Prior to joining TNC, Kari spent several years facilitating strategic planning, policy development, legislation and rulemaking as the strategic planning manager for the Idaho Department of Lands. She also held similar duties as policy analyst for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality between 2011 and 2016.

Kari holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and politics from Willamette University and a master’s degree in public administration in environmental and natural resources policy from Boise State University.

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