Program manager, THE BOEING COmPANY

Kira Van Niel is a program manager with a diverse background in engineering, infrastructure design, construction and relationship management. Kira currently works as a Program Manager with The Boeing Company, a manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft and the world’s leading aerospace company.

Kira attended Elon University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She earned a dual degree in Engineering Physics and Civil Engineering, respectively. Kira served as President of the Urban League Young Professionals from 2010-2012. She is the recipient of the St Louis Business Journal’s 30-Under-30, National Urban League Young Professionals Young Professional’s Central Region Young Professional of the Year, St Louis American Foundations Salute to Young Leaders Award, and Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St Louis Leader of the Year. Kira held membership with the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St Louis and Society of Women Engineers. Her board experience includes the National Urban League Young Professionals Executive Board, Urban League of Metropolitan St Louis Board of Directors, Regional Business Council Young Professional Network Steering Committee, The Sophia Project Board of Directors and Women’s Society of Washington University Board of Directors. In July 2015, Kira was accepted into the 2018 Class for the GS&S Emerging Leaders Development Program and now serves as the 2017 Governance Team Chair for the organization. Kira is also the founder of “The Corporate Activist” a curriculum based advocacy platform to help employees of corporations identify their personal “advocacy credo” and align to their employer’s social impact statement.

Born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, Kira now lives in St Louis, Missouri. Kira is passionate about social issues to include matters concerning economic empowerment and programs promoting young women and STEM-focused initiatives. She enjoys music, travel and yoga.