Kristen has worked in global health and development for the past 14 years, with an emphasis on strategic advocacy, accountability, and policy change efforts for women’s and children’s health. She has deep knowledge of reproductive and family health as well as extensive experience with strategic planning, grant analysis, messaging, and monitoring, learning, and evaluation.
Since joining Global Health Visions as a senior consultant in 2012, Kristen has provided strategic guidance to clients with respect specific interventions in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), vaccine delivery, family planning, nutrition, maternal and newborn health, and tobacco control, as well as in cross-cutting realms such as health systems strengthening, civil society capacity building, and accountability systems. For the past five years, she has worked extensively for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, advising and supporting a range of teams and initiatives in reaching their policy, advocacy, and communications objectives. Kristen has also worked as a consultant for organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO). United Nations Association of the USA, the UN Foundation, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Paul Allen Foundation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
In addition to her work in global health, she previously worked as Program Director for the City University of New York's Institute for Health Equity, helping to develop a multi-year research initiative to uncover causes of persistently high infant mortality rates in the South Bronx.
Kristen holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Haverford College.