Getting to know Lana Kimayeva

UCP’s Director of Business and Operations

As part of a series of interviews with new leaders at NCAR/UCAR, Staff News recently chatted with Lana Kimayeva. We asked five questions to learn more about Lana, personally and professionally.

Staff News: Tell us a little about your background.

Lana: Prior to joining UCAR, I worked in the field of international development for almost a decade. I was based in D.C. and managed programs that provided assistance to journalists, media, and civil society organizations, as well as engaged young people and minorities in the Middle East, Africa, and the former Soviet Union. I am most proud of the work my team and I did in Lebanon, where we worked with young people who had limited job opportunities on small community projects that made their neighborhoods, towns, and cities better.

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Lana Kimayeva (Courtesy photo.)

I also served with the AmeriCorps National Community Civilian Corps for two years and worked on a number of community projects in the Southeast. Our team of 10 volunteers built homes and trails in state parks, tutored children, helped under-resourced nonprofits, and developed a love for hush puppies, sweet tea, and crawfish boils.

I went to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for my undergraduate degree and triple majored in history, international relations, and psychology. I received my MA in International Development from the George Washington University and spent some time in Rwanda, evaluating a program that focused on reintegration of former combatants. While on this assignment, I was lucky to see mountain gorillas in the wild!

I was born in Belarus, which was a part of the Soviet Union, and my family and I immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. I speak Russian fluently.

Staff News: Do you have any hidden talents? What are they? 

Lana: I can put together a Rubik’s cube in under a minute.

Staff News: What is one thing you can't live without? 

Lana: Sadly, my smart phone.

Staff News: What are your goals for the next six months in your new role? 

Lana: I would like to be regarded as a partner in critical business operations across UCP. I also would like to help UCP programs explore new avenues of funding.

Staff News: If you could have a second career, what would it be? 

Lana: A restaurant secret shopper.



Rebecca Swisher, Internal Communications Specialist