Meet Our Team

Kimberly Flowers

Kimberly Flowers
Executive Director

Diamond 103
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Ms. Flowers has two decades of experience in public policy, international development, and strategic communications and has been a frequent speaker and moderator on global food security trends. She comes to Colby from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. where she served as Director of the Humanitarian Agenda and the Global Food Security Project since 2015. Her work at CSIS predominately addressed the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs and policies that impact poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in the developing world. While at CSIS, she led a high-level congressional task force on humanitarian access and conducted field research in more than a dozen countries. Her career path has taken her around the world, including working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia, Jamaica, and Haiti, serving twice as a Peace Corps Volunteer and leading multiple congressional staff delegations overseas. A frequent speaker and moderator, Flowers has authored numerous articles on global food systems and humanitarian aid. She graduated magma cum laude from William Jewell College and studied at Oxford University. She joined Colby College in March 2020 as the Executive Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs.



Christel Kesler

Goldfarb Faculty Associate Director

Associate Professor of Sociology

Diamond 205
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Professor Christel Kesler is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on cross-national comparisons of social inequality. She is particularly interested in how political-economic institutions and social policies shape the experiences of immigrants and their host societies in North America and Western Europe. She has worked on several projects that consider immigrant socioeconomic incorporation in various countries. Other recent projects examine immigration-driven diversity’s effects on social solidarity and the welfare state and patterns of racial, ethnic, and national belonging among immigrants’ descendants. Professor Kesler’s work has appeared in journals such as the International Migration ReviewSocial Science Research, and Social Forces. In addition, professor Kesler teaches numerous courses on social inequality, social policy, international migration, methods for social research, and data analysis.


Sherry Berard

Sherry Berard

Assistant Director

Diamond 105
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Ms. Berard is responsible for planning and coordinating Goldfarb Center events and overseeing the Goldfarb Student Engagement Committee, as well as the Center’s internal and public-facing marketing and communications, including event promotion and campus outreach. She holds an MBA from Thomas College and has worked at Colby for more than two decades. 


• Be a vibrant information hub on the most pressing current events in the world
• Increase awareness of the role of public policy to address these complex challenges
• Inspire active citizenship among the Colby Community
• Empower and build the leadership skills of Colby students
• Create networking opportunities to connect students to alumni and world leaders who have established careers in public affairs
• Spark thought-provoking public policy conversations
• Provide forum for open, healthy discourse for all (all majors, all opinions, all people)