Hometown: Bigfork, Montana
My favorite San Diego beer is: Anything and everything Modern Times can dream up.
My favorite way to enjoy water is: Hiking next to a wild, healthy, free-flowing river full of native fish.
I want to see a world where nature is respected, conservation and sustainable use are prioritized, and all communities have access to the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits clean water and a healthy environment provide.
Kristin Kuhn joined San Diego Coastkeeper in September 2013 to lead the organization’s community engagement efforts. As programs director, she oversees Coastkeeper’s strategic engagement, communications, and 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, near the continental divide, where glaciers, rivers, and lakes dominate the landscape. Kristin moved back to San Diego to attend University of California San Diego, where she majored in political science and minored in exploring the coast.
Prior to joining Coastkeeper, Kristin spent two years in the Philippines as a coastal resource management volunteer with the US Peace Corps. There, she and her local partner focused primarily on Marine Protected Area (MPA) management, and successfully initiated the expansion and improvement of a community-supported MPA in a coastal municipality on the island of Bohol.
At Coastkeeper, Kristin exercises her belief that community-supported programs and hands-on stewardship are at the heart of healthy, well-managed natural resources, and that facilitating the connection people have with their immediate environment is the best way of building a commitment to conservation and sustainable use.
When she isn’t working, Kristin can be found climbing, playing with her cats, hiking in Lagunas and Sierras, and volunteering with San Diego Mountain Rescue.
You can email Kristin here.