Kristen Lucas brings 15 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors and her own journey as a white woman working towards race equity to her work with social impact leaders, Kristen works closely with ProInspire’s nonprofit and philanthropic partners to plan for, design, and facilitate programs on inclusive leadership practices and race equity. Prior to joining ProInspire, Kristen worked at Teach For America, expanding organizational capacity by managing team operations and strategy and supporting staff and corps members by developing the organization’s identity- and values-based leadership programming. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and lives in DC with her husband and children. Learn more about Kristen in our occasional blog series, The Backstory.
What is your favorite form of self-care?
I love trying to make and create things, especially with my children. You can find us baking, gardening, painting, and building towers as we bring our visions to life, often in unexpected ways! My family also loves to travel – to be with family and friends and explore new places – which helps remind us to be open to new possibilities and be present in the moment wherever we are.
What is something that you’re learning about?
Parenting in a pandemic, letting go of “either/or” thinking in decision-making, and how to grow fruits and vegetables in zone 7 (without getting attacked by mosquitoes).
Why do you do what you do?
In my past work, I’ve been exceptionally lucky to work with incredible leaders – people who have supported me in my own learning and career journey, who have created space for all team members to show up as we are (to bring our full selves to work and lead from our own values), who have brought joy and passion to our work together. I’ve also been challenged with love and accountability to understand my identities and honored to connect with leaders who have shared powerful stories in places of significance in our nation’s history. I carry all of this with me with deep gratitude and humility, and the responsibility to continue the work that will create belonging and lead towards equity in our organizations and communities.