Kristen P Patterson
Kristen P. Patterson is an innovative leader focused on finding equitable solutions to global challenges that improve people’s lives. As the inaugural Director of Drawdown Lift, Kristen leads efforts to advance climate solutions that improve human well-being and alleviate poverty in low- and middle-income countries.
Kristen’s service as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Niger deeply influenced her career, which has focused on the nexus of community development, public health, and environmental conservation. Most recently, Kristen was the Program Director of People, Health, Planet with PRB, where she led research, disseminated knowledge, and fostered dialogue about holistic programs that simultaneously address human health needs—including reproductive health—and planetary health. Previously, Kristen worked for the Africa Region of The Nature Conservancy, where she helped launch an integrated population, health, and environment project, Tuungane, in western Tanzania that continues today. She also has worked in Madagascar as a USAID Population-Environment Fellow, conducted research on farmer-herder conflict resolution in Niger, and taught environmental education in California and North Carolina.
Kristen earned an MPH with a focus in women’s and reproductive health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA from Colby College in Maine. She is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys walks in her neighborhood, volunteering in her community, and hiking and backpacking with her family. She is a dedicated native plant gardener and is always eager to learn more.