is a doctoral candidate in human development at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests reflect her lifelong advocacy for children, and focus on the physical, mental and behavioral health effects of adverse childhood experiences across the lifespan.
A career public servant, Krista was most recently policy analyst for the Washington Senate Democratic Caucus where her portfolio covered over $10 billion in public assistance, crisis mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, substance abuse prevention and treatment, adult corrections and sex offender registration. Budget cutting necessitated by the Great Recession led her to conclude that radically reducing need for social services is both urgent and necessary.
Recognizing the potential of schools to shape the developmental trajectory of vulnerable children, Krista left her policy position and returned to her roots as a teacher and adult educator, becoming a Presidential Scholar at Harvard in 2012.
Krista holds a BA in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound and a M.Ed in adult and higher education from Western Washington University. She and her husband, Bill, have raised three wonderful children who are now scattered across the United States.