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Rebecca Popara

Executive Assistant

Rebecca Popara is the Executive Assistant of International Agriculture and Together We Grow at CSU. For the International Agriculture Program, Rebecca helps to coordinate the North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) and the Global Mapping and Strategic Outreach (GMSO) project. At Together We Grow, Rebecca works to support a consortium of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions.

Rebecca has a passion for connecting with others through language and culture, and she is eager to use her skills to help support both International Agriculture and Together We Grow.

Rebecca received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, International Studies with a Concentration in International Relations, and Spanish from Gonzaga University. She came to CSU from the Colorado Governor’s Office, where she worked on various special projects and initiatives as an Executive Assistant and Speechwriting intern.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.