Kristen received her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan (U of M) School of Social Work where she also earned an additional certificate in International Social Work Practice. While at U of M, she interned at a Community Behavioral Health Agency in Detroit and Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) a leading civil rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama, where she was a Community Outreach Advocate focusing on the rights of children. While at SPLC she worked with incarcerated youth challenging the conditions for kids being held in adult correctional facilities. Before earning her M.S.W., Kristen worked at Ipas, an international reproductive rights organization. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and is fluent in Spanish.