Kristine currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for the state of Washington, focusing on the public and private elements of economic development as it relates to infrastructure, suppliers and contractors and community advocacy and public support organizations for the US Military in our state.
In this role, Kristine has worked to leverage public-private partnerships that support small business growth, was influential in facilitating a $5.3M federal grant to help the state support private sector job efforts and diversification, and leads a team committed to supporting a strong economy in our state. Kristine is also dedicated to supporting the transition of military personnel from active duty service to private sector industry jobs in Washington. Because of her work, Washington has developed some nationally recognized models for connecting public and private resources in support of transitioning service members.
Before joining the State of Washington, Kristine served as the Kitsap & Olympic Peninsula Director, the South Sound Regional Director and the Statewide Veterans Constituency Coordinator for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. As a member of the senator’s staff, Kristine was instrumental in facilitating a U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Field Hearing in Tacoma, increasing networking and relationship development across an eight county region, and worked intimately on military transition, veterans healthcare and workforce development issues in the state.
Kristine received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Kristine lives with her husband, Camron, and their two young children in Federal Way.