Kristen is the events manager for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and she joined the Foundation in June of 2018 to help manage the organization’s local and statewide event portfolio. Before joining the TPPF team, she was the director of development and marketing at The Shade Project, an Austin-based nonprofit committed to skin cancer prevention. Prior to relocating to Austin in 2016, Kristen enjoyed her work in marketing, events and sales within the health insurance, beverage, running and coffee industries, including an 11-year tenure with Anheuser-Busch, InBev in St. Louis, Sacramento and San Diego.

Kristen grew up in St. Louis, MO and is a University of Missouri graduate. She is a melanoma survivor, cancer advocate and American Cancer Society Hero of Hope, and she proudly shares her story and her passion for prevention via public speaking, social media and community outreach. She has also been a volunteer leader in the cancer community, chairing events and individually raising more than $50,000 for various nonprofits and grassroots initiatives. Kristen lives in North Austin with her husband David and son Max, and they enjoy cooking, teaming up with friends for triathlon relays and exploring the Hill Country.