Kristen P. Patterson

Program Director of People, Health, Planet
Population Reference Bureau

Kristen is the program director of People, Health, Planet with the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). She has 20 years of experience working at the nexus of community development, public health, and environmental conservation. Prior to joining PRB, Kristen managed external affairs focused on community-based conservation for the Africa Region of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for almost six years. During her tenure with TNC, Kristen helped launch a PHE project in western Tanzania called Tuungane. Prior to TNC, Kristen worked in Madagascar as a USAID Population-Environment Fellow to improve health care, access to family planning, and natural resources management in rural communities adjacent to national parks. Kristen has also conducted research in Niger on conflict management strategies used by farmers and pastoralists. Kristen holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins with a focus in women’s and reproductive health, as well as a master of science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Colby College. Kristen began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.

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