Principal, Movement Building
Kristee is passionate about bringing all Americans fully into our democracy through building political power with people, investing in their leadership, and engaging in civic life. Over the past thirteen years, she has worked on local, state, and national campaigns to win racial and economic justice policies.
A seasoned organizer and political strategist, Kristee has worked to engage thousands of Americans in the political process, winning ballot measures across the country, including: community-driven solutions like California’s Proposition 47 to change certain low-level crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors for thousands of Californians; supporting local organizations to pass the most ambitious earned sick day policies in Massachusetts; and Colorado’s ASSET legislation to provide instate tuition for undocumented students.
Kristee comes to Wellstone from the PICO National Network where she served as the Director of Civic Engagement, and before that, PICO’s Political Director. PICO is a non-partisan national network of faith-based community organizations committed to economic justice and de-normalizing the suffering of people of color. Under Kristee’s leadership, PICO built a nationally respected Integrated Voter Engagement program and convened a research committee to study the impact of this work. In 2014, PICO ran the largest non-partisan volunteer voter contact program in the country, engaging over 12,000 clergy and volunteer leaders in the midterm elections.
Kristee grew up in southern New Mexico and Indonesia with a keen understanding of the social fabric of communities, especially who is in and who is out. She served as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Morocco. She lives in Denver with her partner, a Colorado water leader. Together, they are proud parents of three spirited kids.