“When something on the inside of you connects with what’s happening outside of you, it is a sign that a portion of your life is a part of the solution.”
– Sarah Jakes Roberts
Kirstyne is a native of San Diego, CA where she served on San Diego City Councils’ 4th District Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to help curb the rampant gang violence. YAB allowed Kirstyne and other high school leaders to design peer and community outreach events promoting positive changes.
Kirstyne has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Mills College where she then served as a Mills College Board of Governor, advocating for current student programs, recent graduate programs, admissions initiatives to foster accessibility to Oakland natives, and the Alumnae of Color Committee. She also serves on the Mills College Intersectional Anti-Racism Team as an alumni perspective and expert in this field. Kirstyne received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from Sonoma State University, and was a founding board member of the Sonoma County IOLERO – CAC, advocating for safer policing and sheriff oversight to help improve policies.
Kirstyne has a background in Enrollment Management, Development, Student Services, and Alumni Relations in K-12 Private Independent Schools. She supported student lead initiatives and school-wide Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives. With Kirstyne, conversations about implicit bias and microaggressions may be a starting place but they are never the focal or endpoint. She contributed to policy changes for states and districts with zero-tolerance discipline policies, as they were found to have primarily impacted students of color. Her background with K-12, higher education, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, businesses, and individuals that seek to build an accessible and sustainable movement for liberation that accounts for the need for both personal transformation and structural change.
This is the kind of change that means more than checking a box or meeting a legal requirement. It’s a cultural and systemic shift that means time, discomfort, sacrifice, and commitment and she’s ready to walk you through it. As a long-term resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kirstyne prides herself on her continued work in continuing important dialogues and policies of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, government, and law enforcement. KAL Consulting is available for clients in the North Bay area and beyond.