Kristen contributes expertise in the areas of gender-based violence (GBV), women’s economic empowerment and trafficking in persons (TIP) in her role as Program Manager for the Women and Girls Empowerment (WAGE) Program, along with experience in program management, donor relations and streamlining administrative and financial processes and procedures.
Prior to joining ABA ROLI Kristen worked with Solar Sister, Inc. where she led grant writing and oversaw budget monitoring and grants management for the organization. At Vital Voices Global Partnership Kristen worked as a Human Rights Program Manager, directing the provision of emergency assistance to GBV survivors and managing a program to end female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in five West African countries. She also provided remote and in-person technical assistance and capacity building to local partners and led policy and advocacy work with six human rights policy coalitions, with a focus on TIP and the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). She previously spent several years working for faith-based organizations on policy issues including reproductive health and rights, economic justice, and GBV.
Kristen served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from American University and a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University.