Kristin Gardner


Vice President of Strategic Engagement

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Kristin serves as the Vice President of Strategic Engagement at Astraea, where she leads development and communications. In this role, she collaborates across teams to mobilize resources and tell the stories of Astraea’s work and grantee partners.  

Kristin comes (back) to Astraea as a non-profit executive with a passion for working at the intersection of social justice and philanthropy. In addition to her previous role managing Astraea’s individual giving, she has held positions at organizations across New York City including Arthritis Foundation, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and The New York Women’s Foundation. Most recently, she served as Managing Director of Development and Communications at City Year New York–an organization focused on education equity–overseeing fundraising, external engagement, and communications. 

She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Studies, with a focus on gender and intercultural communication, from Texas Tech University. She currently resides in Manhattan with her partner, Loren, and their two dogs and two cats.