Kristen has 10 years of experience in working with government, non-profit, and community-centered organizations as a Congressional Aide, Government Relations Specialist, Councilmember, Mayor, Non-Profit Board Member, and community volunteer. She is currently serving in her second term on the Capitola City Council following her year-long term as Capitola’s Mayor in 2020. She also sits on 15 different local, regional, and state boards and commissions addressing issues related to housing, transit and transportation, criminal justice, economic development, community services, and poverty alleviation.
In 2018, Kristen was awarded the Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission’s Trailblazer Award for her work promoting economic and political participation among women.
Kristen earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Integrated Studies program at California State University, Monterey Bay, where she studied Political Communication and received distinction in her major. She also holds a Master of Public Administration Degree with an emphasis in Public Sector Management and Leadership from California State University, Northridge.
Kristen lives in Capitola with her partner Nick, their dog Fender, and their cat Wally. In her free time, Kristen enjoys playing music, cooking, and combing the beach for treasures.
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