With the belief that government is the original open source network where great ideas, success stories, and connections should be freely shared, Kirsten joins the Beeck Center to co-lead the Digital Service Network.
Kirsten most recently served as the executive director and co-founder of ELGL, the Engaging Local Government Leaders network, a big-tent learning network for people who work for and with towns, cities, counties, and special districts. She hosts the GovLove podcast and serves as an elected school board member for the West Linn-Wilsonville, Oregon School District. Kirsten is on the editorial board for the State & Local Government Review (SLJR) academic journal and serves on the Board of Directors for Politisit, a national nonprofit providing child care cost reimbursement so parents can get involved in government.
Previously, Kirsten worked in state and local government in Oregon, Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.