Kristen Aster is the Manager of the Hunger Advocacy Network (HAN), a collaborative of 21 San Diego organizations working together to reduce hunger in San Diego by shaping state policy. In her role Kristen works to guide the network's annual crafting and implementation of a collaborative advocacy agenda, create opportunities to educate elected officials and the public about hunger in San Diego, and increase the advocacy capacity of network partners.
Kristen previously served as Associate Director of Refugee Council USA in Washington, DC, a national coalition of refugee-serving organizations seeking to affect national and international refugee and asylum policy. Previously she worked in External Relations for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and as a Fulbright Scholar researching refugee and migration issues in Morocco.
She earned a B.A. in International Relations with a Minor in French from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Public Policy and Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University. Kristen is a native of Portland, Oregon and is an avid traveler, cook, and Francophile.