Kavitha Rao is a founding director (with Jeff Golden) of the Common Fire Foundation and a member of the board of directors and executive council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the largest, oldest interfaith peace organization in the United States, dedicated to the promotion of nonviolent conflict resolution.
Through the years she has worked as a facilitator or consultant with several organizations including Be Present, Inc.; the Center for Whole Communities; and the Circle of Life Foundation. She leads trainings nationwide for FOR's Peacemaker Training Institute, where young adults learn about the philosophy and strategy of nonviolent social change.
Rao was an international correspondent with the Odyssey's World Trek for two years, reporting from more than 30 countries around the world about history, culture, contemporary issues, and grassroots movements for the Odyssey's free educational website, which served more than 60,000 K-12 students and 3,000 teachers. She was also previously an apprentice with the Aprovecho Sustainable Living Research Center and a consultant to the Tides Center for nonprofit management services.
Rao is also yoga instructor and graduate of the Be Present, Inc. Gender, Power and Class National Training Institute.