Kjerstin Wood has a passion for telling stories that matter, which led her to get both her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Science in Journalism from Chico State and Northwestern University, respectively. Her student reporting focused on issues such as immigration and education, and she witnessed the devastating effects of inequity on people’s lives. While in Chicago for school, she had the opportunity to work for a unique public high school, helping them amplify social media efforts to raise awareness of the school’s social justice and civic-minded curriculum and clubs. This experience (along with many others) solidified Kjerstin’s belief that encouraging young people to be engage with activism, lead social change efforts and lift up those who need it most is the best way to improve society. She is excited to take part in Crosscut Young Professional’s Board to help amplify community voice so that a wider range of people and perspectives are represented in media and events.
Kjerstin currently works as the Communications Manager for the Community Center for Education Results, which supports the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort aimed at driving dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. When she’s not working, she’s analyzing her fantasy football team’s chances at the playoffs, watching the Seahawks, visiting the latest art exhibits or attending a concert – having grown up in Seattle, Kjerstin loves to take advantage of all the amazing things the city has to offer!