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College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Kirsten Foster

International Relations Graduate

Class of 2013

After graduating from Chico State, Kirsten moved to D.C. and worked as a Staff Associate for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as a Political Specialist for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Kirsten is currently the Women and Girls Officer at the United Nations Foundation and Advocacy Officer for Girl Up. Through her work, she strives to empower young female leaders to become advocates for change – by giving them the tools and skills they need to advocate in their community and to their members of Congress. She has also helped develop the international advocacy program for Girl Up, so all girls can be change-makers in their countries and communities. In 2017, Kirsten led efforts to pass H.R. 2408, ‘Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act’ in the U.S. House of Representatives and is working to ensure it's signed into law. She believes that educating members of Congress and their staff is key to sound policy-making. Kirsten has a proven track record of unifying diverse, bipartisan groups toward the common goal of advancing girls' and women’s rights.

International Relations student Kirsten Foster