Bryna Kra earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1988 and her PhD from Stanford in 1995. Before her appointment to Northwestern University in 2004, she held postdoctoral positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the University of Michigan, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (France), and Ohio State University, and was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University. Kra works in dynamical systems and ergodic theory, with a focus on problems related to combinatorics and number theory. She was an invited speaker at the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians, was a awarded a Centennial Fellowship, also in 2006, and in 2010 was awarded the Conant Prize of the American Mathematical Society. Kra organizes a mentoring program for women in mathematics at Northwestern, runs a math enrichment program for children at a local elementary school, and is currently chair of the Northwestern math department. She serves on the Executive Committee of the American Mathematical Society, on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, and serves on several editorial boards.