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Team

Kristin Urquiza, MPA

Co-founder, Chief Activist

Kristin Urquiza is a graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy where she has a Master of Public Affairs. She is an environmental advocate at Mighty Earth, where she works to hold corporations like Cargill accountable to their industrial agricultural practices that displace indigenous people from their lands and drive deforestation in places like the Amazon rainforest and beyond. Additionally, Kristin works closely with Liberation in a Generation, a group working to narrow the wealth gap between people of color and white families in the United States within a generation.

Her grandparents were migrant farmworkers– from Mexico and Oklahoma — and her father worked in the fields as a child. She grew up in the Maryvale community of Phoenix, and is a proud product of public primary education and the first person in her family to go to college. Maryvale is a community of predominantly people of color and immigrants, and is now seeing the highest rates of COVID-19 in the nation, where people are waiting 13 hours to be tested.

Christine Keeves, MPH

Co-founder, Chief of Communications: Christine@MarkedByCOVID.com

Christine works at the intersection of storytelling, advocacy, and impact analysis to build a more inclusive, equitable world.

A proud child of immigrants, Christine grew up in New York City and was the first in her family to attend college at The George Washington University and then complete a Master of Public Health at Boston University. She has more than ten years of communications experience working on a range of progressive issues, from health care to LGBTQ+ rights.

If she’s not glued to her keyboard, you’re likely to find her at San Francisco’s Circus Center spinning on an aerial hoop or exploring nature with Kristin and their pitbull rescue pup.

Nicole Stratton, MPA

Development & Fundraising: Nicole@MarkedByCOVID.com

Nicole works to grow fundraising capacity and scale organizational impact. She gets her passion for advancing the public and social sectors from her parents, who were both public school teachers and community leaders.

As a Vice President with CCS Fundraising, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational change management, and implementation of large-scale fundraising initiatives. Nicole has worked in a variety of sectors including government, advocacy, health, human services, and arts and culture and across several major markets, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Portland.

Nicole has a Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management and policy from New York University – Wagner School of Public Service, and a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. 

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