Kristen has nearly 20 years of experience specializing in multi-faceted public affairs and corporate communications campaigns across the country. Her experience leading communications efforts on Capitol Hill, on political campaigns and in the private sector for coalitions, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies has given Kristen an intimate understanding of the importance of integrating government relations, communications and advocacy efforts in order to achieve results.
Kristen has spent much of that time working in the center-left space advising Democratic members and members-elect of the House of Representatives and has a keen understanding of the political landscape headed into the new Congress.
Kristen is regularly quoted in national and Washington, DC publications, including NBCNews.com, CNN.com, Axios, Roll Call, The Hill and The Atlantic, among others. She has also appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC and is a regular contributor on Fox News.
For over five years, Kristen served as the communications director and a chief political advisor for the Blue Dog Coalition, reporting directly to over 50 moderate Members of the United States House of Representatives and serving as senior advisor and spokesperson tasked with communicating the group’s priorities to all local, national and international media. Hawn developed strategic communications campaigns around energy, budget, tax and health care priorities, including multiple budget cycles, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Kristen also served as liaison to the White House, foreign embassies, federal government agencies, the business community and key third party allies.
Prior to her work in Congress, Kristen worked for international corporate public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, serving as the Washington, D.C. account lead for one of the firm’s largest corporate clients, SBC Communications. Kristen holds her Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.