Executive Director, Baltimore Collegetown Network
Kirsten believes social change happens when committed people with a shared vision organize, act, and invest in local communities. She joined Baltimore Collegetown Network in 2014 and directed civic leadership programs, Collegetown LeaderShape and Collegetown Underground. Now as Collegetown’s Executive Director, she will lead efforts to raise the profile of Baltimore as the place where students learn to change the world and launch their careers, while fostering collaboration among diverse higher education institutions.
Prior to joining Collegetown, she worked as the Assistant Director at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern. At JHU, she managed the Alternative Break program, large days of service, and advised the Student Advocacy Board and service student organizations. She relocated from Texas to Baltimore in 2012, and while in Texas worked at the University of North Texas’s Center for Leadership and Service.
She received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Texas and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Her professional interests include student leadership development, civic engagement, community development, and positive psychology. She was named 2016 “20 in their Twenties” by The Daily Record. She has served on the boards of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Baltimore, GIVE Advisory Committee through Business Volunteers Maryland, and is an ambassador for the Baltimore Community Toolbank.