Boise Locations

Idaho Water Center

Our Main Location
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Parking Information

Phone: (208) 334-2999
Fax: (208) 364-4035

M-Th, 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ada County Extension

5880 Glenwood Street
Boise, ID 83714

Phone: (208) 287-5900
Fax: (208) 287-5909

GAR Building

714 W State Street
Boise, ID 83702

James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
Phone: (208) 364-4549

State Governmental Relations 
Phone: (208) 364-4014
Fax: (208) 364-4037

Regional Communications 
Phone: (208) 334-2252


Integrated Design Lab
306 S 6th St
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 429-0220
Fax: (208) 343-0001


821 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 733-1889

Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eastman Garage located above the VandalStore.

Patricia Kempthorne

You can have a great job and a beautiful family, but if you can’t find a healthy balance between the two of them, then what do you really have?

That’s exactly what former Idaho first lady Patricia Kempthorne set out to find, and she is still working hard to find that balance for families in Idaho and across the nation.

Patricia has dedicated her work like and life’s works to helping families find that perfect balance. In 1988 Patricia founded the Family & Workplace Consortium with several other professional women and men looking for flexibility in the workplace, quality childcare and influence with the leadership and decision making process in the workforce.

Then in 2005, she created Twiga Foundation, Inc. a non-profit corporation dedicated to inspiring, promoting, and maintaining a family-consciousness in the family, the workplace and community. The Twiga Foundation is currently working in partnership with the Families and work Institute of New York and the Institute for the Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce, to promote the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility in communities across the country.

As Twiga Foundation Inc., Founder and President/CEO Patricia Kempthorne believes family consciousness begins with an awareness that family is at the heart of our society. If we take care of our families then the rest will fall in place striking a the perfect balance between work and life beyond the desk, budgets, and deadlines. The Twiga Foundation says it is more proactive than reactive. It’s an awareness that Twiga says maximizes our lives and find life in our work when we are conscious of our families – including care giving, individual and family health, community health and safety, education, transportation, environmental concerns, housing, career development, mobility, civic responsibility and many other areas that intersect our lives.

Patricia Kempthorne has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Idaho. She and her husband Dirk, former Idaho Governor and UI graduate, were married in 1977. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Giraffe Heart
Twiga is Swahili for giraffe. Patricia’s dedication to non-profit success and families not only Idaho, but around the nation has forced her to stick her neck out for others, much like the giraffe.

According to Twiga, the giraffe is a gentle animal that is very protective of its young, and the foundation is the symbol of love, friendship and flexibility. The perfect example of what Patricia and the others at Twiga do on a daily basis for children and families.