Master of Regional Planning Candidate; SCD Advisor
Kristen has spent the past decade working with small-scale farmers and agricultural workers to foster vibrant and equitable community food systems by working to make agricultural livelihoods viable, and by increasing access to fresh, locally grown food. She has lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico, Caaguazu, Paraguay, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Pioneer Valley. Kristen is a master’s degree student in Regional Planning, focusing her studies on the theory and practice of equitable, anti-capitalist, and feminist community building, working to empower underrepresented community members to become visible and included in community decision-making. Kristen hopes to use these tools to centralize questions of power and intersectionality in the dialogue around the local food movement in Massachusetts. Kristen is the GEO/UAW 2322 union representative for the department, and the Sustainable Community Development undergraduate Peer Advisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College.