Kristen Hecht

Fellowship Consultant, Columbia University

Kristen Hecht joined UNA-USA in 2009 and has been an active member of the National Capital Area chapter (UNA-NCA) ever since. She currently serves as co-chair of the Membership Committee, chaired the Nominating Committee in 2021 and 2022, and was a member of the DC for CEDAW committee. A highlight of her membership journey was serving as delegate to the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations and participating in post-CSW speaking engagements on behalf of the organization.

Kristen has a background in non-profit and membership management, with experience in the areas of organizational governance, program management, curriculum development, event planning, and communications. She currently works as program director for the Longbrake Family Foundation, where she manages the research, design, and implementation of a leadership development program for social impact leaders. Previously, she worked for the BA Women’s Alliance, an organization that champions the educational and professional development of women. Kristen has also worked at several different membership organizations of varying sizes and reach (UNA-NCA with 3,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the DC area; Quota International with 6,000 members internationally; and the American Physical Therapy Association with over 100,000 members nationally). Through these organizations, she managed membership recruitment and retention efforts, governing bodies, program committees, and volunteers.

Kristen graduated from American University with a master’s degree in international politics and holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Texas.

Vision Statement:

Kristen's vision for UNA-NCA is a membership that is diverse, inclusive, and engaged. As Vice Chair of Membership and Volunteer Engagement, Kristen will actively work to ensure UNA-NCA recruits members from all backgrounds, that all members are welcomed and informed of the many program activities that UNA-NCA offers, and that members are engaged in the mission of the organization.

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