Kristen P. Patterson

Population Reference Bureau | Program Director, People, Health, Planet

Kristen P. Patterson is the program director of People, Health, Planet with the Population Reference Bureau, where she synthesizes data and research findings for policy audiences and creates opportunities to bring together data producers, experts, and policymakers for policy dialogue and policy reform, particularly around multi-sectoral approaches to sustainable development. Kristen started her career by serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Niger in the mid-1990s. Since then, she has spent 20 years 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 six years. During her tenure with TNC, Kristen helped launch a PHE project, Tuungane, in western Tanzania that continues today. 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. Mid-career, Kristen got a MPH with a focus in women’s and reproductive health at Johns Hopkins, where she was the recipient of a prestigious Sommer Scholarship. Kristen also has a MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.