Kristen has been in the textile and soft and hard goods industry since 1994. Over her career, she has collaborated with a number of top companies in roles ranging from product development and design to sales. In her last position as a Senior Sales and Development Executive with YKK, a global textile trim manufacturer, she managed the western territory and served the apparel, outdoor, safety, uniform, aerospace, government, and healthcare industries. Prior to YKK, Kristen was the Director of Sales and Development for Reliance Industries, leading their US sales and design activities in the automotive OEM sector. She started her career at Milliken & Company as the Principal Designer for the Japanese Automotive Fabric Division.
Kristen holds a B.S. in Textile Design from Philadelphia University and a Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Kristen and her family have settled in Los Angeles after living in Greenville, SC, New York City, and Seattle. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, skiing, and hiking.