Tenzin Kyizom (she/her/hers) is a content development associate with the strategy, innovations and special projects team at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. In her role, she executes content development by writing, helping improve existing products and identifying new educational opportunities.
Before joining CDP, Tenzin served as a consultant with the United Nations Development Programme Gender and Crisis Facility and interned with UNICEF Sudan, where she focused on gender, peacebuilding and humanitarian access. In her capacities, she crafted strategies, developed critical guidance and recommendations for programs, and conducted qualitative research to understand the impact of conflict on communities and the humanitarian and development sector.
Between 2017-2021, Tenzin led advocacy efforts to promote policies that serve and support immigrant and marginalized communities’ well-being at Asian Health Services through coalition-building and content development. With a strong commitment to social justice, Tenzin’s work is grounded in ensuring accessibility and inclusivity and centering the experiences and voices of local communities into programs and initiatives. Her advocacy, development and humanitarian work have led to travel to India, Jordan and Sudan.
Tenzin brings practical, academic and lived experiences, mainly focused on the regions of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a master’s of international affairs in human rights and humanitarian policy, specializing in international conflict resolution, from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
During her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Tenzin conducted pedagogy research and facilitated a social justice and leadership course where she developed a deep passion for mentoring students pursuing higher education.
Tenzin is based in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in India. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting cute journals she never uses, planning for her next solo travel and hiking along the coast.