Kristen King is new to Lake County, but not to nonprofit leadership. Before moving to Leadville in May 2017, Kristen was volunteer staff and advisor to the Executive Director for a Florida homeless shelter for young pregnant and parenting single mothers and small children. She continues to mentor residents and advise staff remotely. Earlier, she was an Executive Board Member and director of marketing and communications for a national nonprofit writers’ organization headquartered in Washington, DC. She has 10+ years of proposal- and grant-writing experience.
Professionally, Kristen runs the virtual learning program for a federal contractor that delivers training to human services organizations. She designs, produces, and delivers webinars, elearning courses, and other digital products that help organizations and individuals reach their full potential. Her expertise includes mental health, addictions, co-occurring disorders, trauma, homelessness, criminal justice, and where these areas overlap. Kristen is particularly interested in health equity, community-based prevention efforts, and youth and family resiliency. She is a certified facilitator of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). Kristen has a BA in English and an MPS in publishing, and is working on her MBA.
Kristen grew up in a small town in rural northern New Jersey, where she lived in an old brick schoolhouse on a dirt road. Her dad was a builder who variously served as mayor, member of the Township Committee, and member of the Zoning Board, among other roles. Her mom was a beekeeper and stay-at-home parent who cared for their beef cows and tended the vegetable garden — which she still does today.
Although Kristen enjoyed experiencing “city living” in Virginia and Florida after leaving home, her heart belongs to small towns. She has always wanted to raise her children in a community like the one she grew up in. When Kristen and her husband, Jesse, first visited Leadville in 2015, they immediately knew they had found the right place for their family. “It was like coming home,” Kristen said. “I don’t know how you can come home to a place you’ve never been before, but that’s what it was the first time I set foot in Leadville.” They fulfilled their dream of moving here less than 2 years later. Kristen continues to work from home for her employer of 8+ years. Her husband drives a school bus for Lake County. Their twins attend West Park Elementary and are enjoying their first real winter. Their two dogs, 12-year-old bullmastiff Ty and 11-year-old pug Pickles, still don’t know what to make of the snow.