Kristin Kuhn, Programs Director
Kristin Kuhn joined San Diego Coastkeeper in September 2013 to lead our community engagement efforts. Now as our programs director, she oversees Coastkeeper’s volunteer coordination and community outreach and works to develop programs that support Coastkeeper’s mission.
Though San Diego-born, she grew up in a small town in northwest Montana and moved back to San Diego in 2005 to attend University of California San Diego, where she majored in political science and minored in playing in the ocean. Her post-university travels took her to regions of the world where environmental degradation and water issues were at the forefront of daily life, such as North Africa and Southeast Asia. It was during this time that she came to believe that community-supported programs and volunteer efforts are at the heart of healthy, well-managed natural resources and that facilitating the connection people have with their immediate, local environment is the best way of building a commitment to stewardship and conservation.
Kristin derives much of her experience with volunteer management and natural resource issues from two-and-a-quarter years of service with the US Peace Corps. Prior to joining Coastkeeper, she served as a coastal resource management volunteer in the Visayan region of the Philippines. There she focused primarily on Marine Protected Area (MPA) management and successfully initiated the expansion and improvement of a community-supported MPA in her assigned municipality.
When she isn’t working, Kristin can be found hiking in the Cuyamacas and Lagunas and volunteering with the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team.