Board of Directors Profile: Kira Barden, President
my hobby essayKira Barden has actively volunteered in LGBT community events for many years. She is a year into her two-year term as President of The LOFT. Starting in her undergraduate college years, she was an officer of the Lesbian Bisexual Alliance and worked for a campus group, SAFE Women, which provided medical and safe sex information to students. Her volunteer efforts continued when she relocated to New York City in 2000 and she first was introduced to The LOFT.
As an active volunteer, Kira has served The LOFT in various capacities: Secretary of the Board of Directors (2006-2009); Vice President (2009-2010); President (2010-2012); Chair of the Personnel and Executive Director search committees; facilitating the Friday night women’s group; organizing potlucks and movie nights; leading clothing/toiletry drives to help LGBT youth; displaying artwork as part of The LOFT Art Show; and training facilitators and Helpline volunteers.
Kira holds a BA from Agnes Scott College with a double major in Women’s Studies and Psychology. Her Doctoral coursework in Industrial-Organizational Psychology was at CUNY, Graduate Center and Baruch College. Professionally, Kira has spent her career in HR measurement roles at IBM, AXA Equitable, and currently at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.