Managing Director of Spur Partnerships and Advancement
Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Managing Director for Partnerships and Advancement at CSU Spur. CSU Spur is a new public-facing campus in the heart of Denver, dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation to tackle global challenges in food, water, and health.
Kristin is the former Executive Director for Together We Grow, an industry consortium of the largest global interests in food and agriculture. In this role she launched and led a national organization focused on building a diverse and inclusive pipeline of talent to drive the innovation needed to feed the future.
Kristin is a skilled connector and future-leaning strategist who believes in the power of collaboration. Kristin’s career has been focused on bringing people and organizations together to change the landscape of opportunities, with a particular focus on equity. She has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Prior to Together We Grow, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, leading fundraising, strategy, and program delivery in the school garden space.
Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU. She has also served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc. and the award-winning Bucking Horse and Jessup Farm projects. Kristin earned a bachelor’s in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State (go, Rams!) and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.
Kristin and her husband Rob both grew up in Fort Collins. They love spending time traveling, hosting dinner parties, and doing nearly anything outside with their three kids.