Kiersten Anne Farmer was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She received her Bachelors of Science in Community Development with a concentration in Public Administration from University of the Philippines. She graduated top of her class, earning Cum Laude and is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society for the Social Sciences. She started her career in development work in 2010 by completed two semesters of fieldwork immersions in Urban Poor Communities in the Philippines that were affected by Typhoon Ketsana.
She led a team, comprised of community leaders, to assist with developing and enhancing the ability to build capacity and capability with limited resources. The Participatory Action Research team was extremely successful with accomplishing its mission. In July 2011, she pursued her career in Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) and served as Community Relations Supervisor of Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. in Clark, Philippines. She developed the corporation's CSR framework and implemented programs such as Scholarship Programs and School Feeding and Fundraising Programs.
In February 2014 she then joined Jollibee Group Foundation and served as Program Officer for their National School-feeding Program in Manila, Philippines. She had an intensive fieldwork experience on Program Development, Monitoring and Implementation and Public-Private Partnerships proving technical consultancy to over 50 cities/municipalities. She led building of 24 School Feeding Kitchens in total of 24 across the country which provided efficiency in food production and created countless opportunities for the disadvantaged.