Languages Spoken: English
As EMpower’s Vice President of Programs, Kristen is responsible for leading the organization’s programmatic work, including grantmaking in fifteen countries, and contributing significant organizational management expertise and strategy. Kristen has spent the last eighteen years seeking to learn and to find better ways to channel resources to where they matter most – with a strong focus on underinvested in adolescent girls and young people.
Kristen has held a number of senior leadership roles and has overseen global initiatives as well as programmatic portfolios in the US, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.
In consulting and strategic planning roles, she has worked with the Novo Foundation, Social Development Direct, the Malala Fund, The Population Council, The British Asian Trust, and Glamour/Condé Nast. In programmatic roles, she has worked with the Nike Foundation / Girl Effect, UNICEF, UNFPA, Oxfam-GB, and the International Rescue Committee.
Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas and a graduate degree in Social Work (social welfare policy and immigrant and refugee populations) from Columbia University. In her family, she is a first generation college graduate and she is forever grateful to AmeriCorps National Service program for equipping her to do so.
President and CEO
Country Director, India
Senior Program Officer, Africa & Russia
Manager, Programs & Learning
Senior Program Officer for East & Southeast Asia
Program Officer, India
Global Operations Manager
Development Manager, Initiatives and Events
Director of Finance
Hong Kong Development and Engagement Manager
Senior Program Officer, Latin America
Global Programs Associate
UK Development and Engagement Specialist
India Communications and Operations Specialist
Communications and Operations Assistant
Senior Program Officer, India
Vice President, Global Operations and Finance
Vice President, Programs
Corporate Development Manager
Hong Kong Development and Operations Assistant
E/SE Asia Programme Associate
Vice President, Global Development
Global Communications Specialist
Development and Engagement Manager, India
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