Kristin currently lives in Washington DC and is working as the Campaign Coordinator for the Outdoors America Campaign, which involves collaborating with a coalition of partners on grassroots and federal advocacy aimed at full and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a conservation program that has helped protect large tracts of the Appalachian Trail. In May 2017 she received her Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she studied environmental economics and policy in relation to public lands. During this time she interned at National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) conducting research to advise NPCA on tactics to engage millennials and convert them into national park advocates. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014, where she found her true passion for the outdoors studying abroad in Costa Rica and New Zealand. Her most formative experience came during her gap year between undergrad and grad school when she was a Park Guide Intern at Canyonlands National Park in the Island in the Sky district, which inspired her to pursue a career path that involved protecting public lands. She originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago, where she enjoys eating deep-dish pizza, rooting for all the Chicago sports teams, and spending time with her family and dog. She loves hiking, landscape photography, and anything outdoors, and she is thrilled to be on the Appalachian Trail Next Generation Advisory Council!