Newly transplanted to California, Kristin was drawn to the Monterey Bay Area for its sunny, temperate climate, spectacular geography, and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Growing up in rural southwest Michigan, Kristin developed a deep appreciation for nature as a kid and loves being outdoors whether she’s hiking with her dog, kayaking, gardening, or taking photographs. Her love of nature led her to pursue B.S. degrees in environmental studies and geography from Western Michigan University (2010). Before relocating to California, Kristin worked for Western Michigan University’s Natural Areas Program and most recently, the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. Kristin’s professional experience is wide-ranging, involving everything from on-the-ground restoration work and GIS mapping to grant writing and event planning. Kristin has always had a passion for writing and is happy to put her creativity and organizational skills to work in order to grow MEarth’s capacity and expand its programming and impact. She strongly believes in the importance of getting kids (and adults!) outside and connected to the Earth, especially in today’s technology-saturated world, and is happy to work behind the scenes to make this happen. Kristin is very excited and grateful to call the Monterey Peninsula her new home and looks forward to growing with MEarth.