Kristen is a writer, disability activist and public speaker. Previously, she was a communications strategist, where she worked on large scale public relations campaigns for tech companies.
Her activism began at a young age, when Kristen’s father taught her to fight for her rights to equal education, earning her an award for advocacy at age 17, later going on to be Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts.
Kristen is sought out for her unique perspectives on disability and culture. She has spoken candidly on her journey as a woman who is a paraplegic and her often unbelievable everyday experiences. Additionally, Kristen is a budding expert on disability in media, and how media portrayals impacts the way society interacts with people with disabilities.
Her writing and commentary has been featured with The Today Show, CNN, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, and BuzzFeed, to name a few. In 2019, her work with NBC News won a coveted Gracie Award for women in media.
Kristen's main goal is to help elevate the voice of people with disabilities, and to challenge stereotypes. She believes the journey begins in the newsroom, though people with disabilities having the opportunity to tell their own stories, and in the classroom from a young age. Kristen wants to help her community and the people who come after her, in any ways she can.