Kara Eastman

Cues and Views

Non-profit CEO and public servant Kara Eastman, in brief.

Kara Eastman

Home: Chicago and Omaha.  Age: 50.  Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois.  Organization: TPAN.  Title: CEO.  Alma mater: Loyola University of Chicago and  Pitzer College.  Languages spoken: English, Spanish.

Recent recognition: Democratic Nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska's Second District in 2018 and 2020.  Recent professional development: Started the We Have the People Political Action Committee.  Latest accomplishment: Hired as CEO of TPAN.  Hobbies: Cooking, travel, yoga, writing.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Funny.  Moral compass: I believe in equity.  What is your greatest joy? Our daughter, Sabina.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Artists.  What is your go-to workout? Yoga.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Friends and cocktails.

What is your go-to source of news and information? Politico and the Washington Post.  Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My father.  What is the best advice you received growing up? Lying, cheating and stealing is not the Henner (Eastman) way.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Be yourself.

What is your big idea? To get money out of politics.  What change would you like to see in the world? Real action on climate change.  What widely held belief do you reject? That people can always pull themselves up by their bootstraps.  What mega-trend most excites you? Matcha lattes.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Parker Posey.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? My dad.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A psychologist.  What object would you save first from your burning home? My wedding ring.

Personal mission: To leave the world a much better place than I found it.  Favorite quote: "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" (Auntie Mame).

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