Kristin has over 15 years experience in development, fundraising, marketing, communications, and design management. She is a creative soul with a strategic mind that can generate ideas and cast vision, as well as break them down into achievable steps towards long-term goals. She is extremely outgoing, resourceful, dedicated, detail-oriented, and has a deep passion for mission-based work. Storytelling is her forte. She is a firm believer that the message is in the medium. She weaves a compelling narrative of mission and vision through dynamic images, writing, and presentations that resonate with people and inspire them to give. She also specializes in creating brands that reflect the true heart of an organization or campaign.
Kristin hails from New York. She grew up in a rural community, where she was raised by her mother – a development and fundraising professional, who worked for a hospital foundation and her father – a financial consultant, who devotes much of his time writing budgets and grants for mission work all over the world. Fundraising is in her blood. She spent most of her childhood helping put on events, editing proposals, and mailing appeal letters. Her passion for the arts led her to study at a trade school for 2 years, during high school, where she received a certificate in Advertising Art and Design and got her start as a computer graphics wiz.
Though a country girl at heart, she longed for culture, diversity, and the opportunity to develop her craft at the finest art schools in New York City. She earned a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. After serving in the AmeriCorps and years of volunteer work for many non-profit organizations, her desire grew to make an impact on society and give more meaning to her work life. She continued her studies at Pratt Institute, where she completed her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management. She has worked for many non-profit organizations throughout her career, wearing many hats and taking on roles such as Marketing Manager, Development Director, and Communications Director before becoming a consultant. Kristin is actively involved with the Creative Arts Community, Friends of Menucha Foundation (which supports the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center), Colored Pencils Arts and Culture Council, and the Portland Child Art Studio.
In her leisure, Kristin loves to travel and has road tripped her way to almost every state in the union. When she discovered the Pacific Northwest, she was so entranced by it, that she decided to make it her home. She’s also a nature enthusiast, glass art aficionado, amateur movie maker, and budding ukulele player.