Kristina Curtiss is an advocate, activist, and academic based in Detroit, Michigan. As a lifelong Michigander, she is passionate about the issues that impact policy across the state. Her work in the governmental and non-profit sectors centers around bridging the urban and rural opportunity divide across the state through supporting job creation and on-the-job training programs, upward economic opportunity, and mobility initiatives. Through this work, she has lent her talents to United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Transportation Riders United, Federal Highway Administration, and the Democratic National Committee.
Kristina is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts and Public Affairs from Wayne State University. Her academic research focuses around the mental health crisis in community activism, and the usage of self-care as a strategy to alleviate burnout. Through this work, she assists with the Detroit-based Self-Care Project, which gives microgrants to community activists in need. In her free time, she teaches policy debate to students across Detroit, provides support for public transit issue campaigns in the city, and works her way through Curbed Detroit's 22 Essential Detroit Coffee Shops. When she's not in the city, you can find Kristina hiking around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, visiting her hometown of Traverse City, or camping with her brother in the Upper Peninsula.