As President and Board Chair of Flamboyan, Kristin sets the vision for the organization based on the unmet needs of students most impacted by inequity in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. She works closely with the Executive Director in Puerto Rico, Chief Operating Officer in Washington, D.C., and the Flamboyan Board to identify a programmatic strategy that is aligned with our core values of people, catalytic action, impact, and equity.
Kristin believes that people closest to the problem have the key to solving it. Committed to education, she realizes that the lack of quality education for minority students is problematic. Therefore, she spends time listening to and learning from key stakeholders in students’ networks to better understand how we can ensure all children have the academic support they need to thrive.
Kristin taught for three years as a Teach for America Corps member. Later, she went on to serve as Executive Director of the Teach for America New Jersey region and then as Director of New Site Development. She attended Bucknell University and earned a B.A. in International Relations. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In addition to finding and establishing Flamboyan, Kristin and fellow Kennedy School alumnus Vadim Nikitine started Sapientis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing a diverse and informed network of change agents committed to improving the quality of public education in Puerto Rico. Kristin was also part of the founding team of D.C. School Reform Now, a non-profit organization committed to supporting education reform in Washington, D.C. She sits on the boards of Sapientis, DC School Reform Now, Stand for Children, Teach For America (D.C. Region), and Venture Philanthropy Partners.
In the spring of 2005, Ernst & Young named Kristin “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the area of Social Responsibility for her work at Sapientis. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Vadim, and their two children.