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Kim Hightower, MS

Communications Specialist
Website: LinkedIn


Kim is an advocate for humans, nonhumans and the environment, and she joins PAN Works as our Communications Specialist.

She grew up feeling safest in nature and cherished the opportunity in school to read and analyze literature. On a changing planet, she is motivated by a longing to protect the natural world with all of the interconnections it nurtures in the community of life. She believes that people and animals have the potential to thrive together through mixed communities across landscapes. Key to our mutual wellbeing is a paradigm shift in human consciousness.

Passionate about conservation and animal protection, Kim earned certifications in areas such as naturalism, animal behavior, and ecotherapy while working as a facilitator and ally in the disability community. Kim has MS degrees in Anthrozoology from Canisius College and Humane Education from the University of Denver. She loves to work on behalf of others through writing and facilitating, and her interests take shape through education; community engagement; and creative-academic storytelling for social change. In hopes of reaching wider audiences, she has engaged both schools and animal sanctuaries with humane and conservation education programming.

As our communications specialist, Kim seeks to promote animal wellbeing using social psychology and ecopsychological insight that recognize the importance of empathy and compassion in ethical capacity building. This involves communicating the science and ethics of human-animal interactions to the public, and how this informs how we ought to live with people, animals and nature.