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Kristen Hecht

Program Consultant

Kristen Hecht has 15+ years of experience working in the social sector, including holding roles at non-profit organizations, foundations, associations, and academic institutions. Her background is in leadership development, program design and management, and equity-centered work. She is currently consulting for New Sector Alliance on the implementation of its Leadership Longevity Fellowship. She has also worked at Columbia World Projects at Columbia University, supporting the design and implementation of its Social Impact Fellowship, a year-long fellowship program inspired by the Obama Foundation Scholars Program and designed for undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to use their talents to help solve complex global challenges. Kristen is trained in Dare to Lead™ (Brené Brown’s leadership curriculum), adaptive leadership (New York University), trauma-informed and resilient leadership (Center for Justice and Peacebuilding), and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices (Nonprofit Leadership Alliance). She currently resides in Washington, DC, where she serves on the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and the National Council of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). She has also served on the Steering Committee for the Impact Fellowships Summit, a community of practice for leaders of social impact fellowship programs. Kristen graduated from American University with a Master of Arts in international politics and holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Texas.

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