Kara Heckert

California State Director

Kara directs AFT’s programs in California. During a long career working on agricultural sustainability and natural resource conservation in California, she has led the strategy and development of programs that provide greater opportunities for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable environmental stewardship practices through water conservation, nutrient management, and ecosystem services. Before joining AFT, she was the executive director of the Sonoma Resource Conservation District where she worked with a diverse cross-section of the community on landscape-scale conservation planning, agricultural sustainability, and education. She has planned and implemented watershed-scale conservation planning and farm-scale restoration projects with the Sotoyome Resource Conservation District, California State Parks, and local nonprofits. Kara is also a former soil conservationist for NRCS. She is the author and co-author of a variety of stewardship guides, outreach guides, and watershed plans focused on the balance of agricultural sustainability and natural resource management. Kara is a native Californian and the grand-daughter of a Nebraskan dairy and corn farmer. She is an alumna of Sonoma State University where she studied both biology and environmental studies and planning.