Kria was founded by Bill Lofy and Dan Chang, two midwesterners who met in the rainforest of Central Africa 20 years ago. Both are returned Peace Corps volunteers who served in Africa and took different paths after their service.
Bill pursued a career in politics and public policy, serving as an aide to U.S. Senators and governors across the country, including Senator Paul Wellstone and as Chief of Staff to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Bill is also a writer and author of three books published by university presses.
Dan, meanwhile, grew a thriving beer business. After honing his brewing skills in Seattle, he moved back to the Midwest and co-founded Rush River Brewing in his home state of Wisconsin. Based near the Minnesota border and serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, Rush River quickly established a reputation as one of the premier craft brews in the Twin Cities area.
Throughout their respective careers, and despite geographic differences, Dan and Bill hung on to their friendship, and to the hankering for adventure and service that led them to Peace Corps in the first place.