Kristin got an early start in communications, producing her first newspaper in elementary school and later writing for her high school paper. A undergraduate degree in English from Wake Forest University led to a grand adventure bartending, nannying, and traveling solo in Europe for a year, where she found enough material to fill several notebooks.
A Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland followed. In the ensuing years, she delved into a wide range of health, education, and tax issues as a budget committee staffer in the Maryland General Assembly. Next stop was Montgomery College, where she worked in the President’s Office on government relations and strategic communications.
This strategic communications work has been a central part of her career. She conceived and helped implement a number of advocacy plans, including one that led to a major campus expansion. Her portfolio includes policy reports and speechwriting, from inaugural addresses to “State of the College” remarks that garnered her an outstanding staff award at Montgomery College. Kristin assisted presidents with testimony, opinion pieces, and blog posts.
Kristin was proud to work with students to hone their own amazing stories and become advocates; that led to her New York Times story on the value of community colleges. The emails and comments from community colleges students across the country blew her away. It was a potent reminder that all people–no matter their backgrounds or stories–want to be seen, heard, and valued. Dr. Jill Biden called the piece “a must read.”
Kristin currently helps clients translate stories into communications that resonate with policymakers, donors and the public. Projects include program and donor profiles, press releases, news stories, web content, social media strategy, articles, essays, and grants.
Her writing has appeared in Your Teen for Parents Magazine, The New York Times,The Washington Post, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, McSweeney’s, Barrelhouse, Grown and Flown, Scary Mommy and Bethesda Magazine, and has led to guest appearances on WBAL’s morning show.
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