Kya-Xe’ (Kya) is from rural New Mexico but has lived in Idaho for the past 15 years. The western United States is her home, and it’s where she spends her free time exploring and protecting its wildlife. She joined the Boise office of Advocates for the West in April 2022. Kya is a recent college graduate, and accomplished young professional, who is looking to make an impact within her community.
Kya graduated from the University of Idaho in May 2019 and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish, in addition to an Academic Certificate of Global Climate Change. Throughout college, Kya focused her studies and research on environmental justice, and global topics focused around cultural inequality. She has been involved with the non-profit sector for over 8 years, and currently serves as an Ambassador and President of The Path 501(c)(3), whose mission is to preserve and protect sacred heirloom seeds for the future generations. Recently, her presidential role awarded her with the opportunity to speak at The Flourishing Diversity Summit in London, where she amplified the indigenous youth’s perspective on the current Climate Crisis.
Kya is comfortable and confident in the face of adversity. She’s thrilled to be contributing her voice at Advocates for West, and is fueled by her passion and drive to make a difference. When she’s not on the frontlines of Advocates for the West’s fundraising efforts she is hiking in the foothills and binging audiobooks, with the occasional HBO series. She loves yoga and kickboxing, but when she’s not getting active, you can find her creating digital art for her small business.