Kiran Kaur Bains

Director of Community Impact

Before joining SA2020, Kiran was the first Chief Equity Officer for the City of San Antonio. She helped ensure that local government accounts for the different histories, challenges, and needs of the city population and makes the greatest possible impact towards the SA2020 Community Vision. Under her leadership, the Office of Equity was awarded the National League of Cities Cultural Diversity Award and a finalist for the National Civic League’s All America City Award. 

Kiran previously worked in international development and peace-building in South Asia and East Africa. These experiences range from reviving micro-financing groups after two decades of war in northern Uganda to securing safe working conditions for migrant workers largely responsible for waste management in Lucknow, India.

A proud first generation college graduate, Kiran is passionate about equity in education. She taught leadership development to young women of color in New York public high schools and spearheaded a yearlong diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative for AmeriCorps Members serving over 4,000 first-generation college students across Texas. Kiran has also taught courses on equity at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kiran holds a BA in International Relations from St. Mary’s University and MA in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Fun Fact: Kiran loves David Robinson with all her heart, but has never met him. She spends most of her free time looking for him around town.