Kristina Owens Named Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 5:48pm

Kristina Owens has joined RIT as Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations as of January 2. Kristina spent 10 years working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C.  She spent time in the offices of U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and most recently has been working as an associate and scientific advisor with Eversole Associates, a consulting firm in Bethesda, MD.  She served two years in the Peace Corps, stationed in Bolivia, and has held volunteer leadership positions with the National Peace Corps Association in Washington DC, including Chair of its Public Policy and Advocacy Committee as a member of the Board of Directors.   She also served as the Event Manager for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Peace Corps.

Originally from the Rochester area, and now residing in Henrietta, Kristina brings a broad and distinctive background to this role at RIT.   She earned a Master’s degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from RIT, as well as a Master of Science degree in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo. 

“I’m very pleased to have Kristina join the RIT campus community, and thrilled that she is not only a native Rochesterian but also an alumna of the university”, said Deborah Stendardi, Vice President for Government and Community Relations. 

“I am excited to join the Government and Community Relations team. As an RIT alumna, I am thrilled to be able to apply my degree program in Public Policy along with my experiences from the Peace Corps and my work as a biologist to further advocate for RIT’s vision to be a great world university that addresses the shifting needs of a complex planet.”