North Dakota roots run deep.
Kristin's great grandfather was one of the most prominent dentists in western North Dakota.
great uncle was one of the founding sheriffs.
grandfather is one of the foremost business leaders in our state.
continues this commitment to building a better North Dakota.
She has returned to North Dakota to serve as the third generation of leadership with Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM).
is a manufacturing company founded to provide jobs in small communities in North Dakota.
With a world-class customer base of commercial aerospace and defense systems, KMM
has excelled in providing quality opportunities for farm and ranch families to supplement their incomes, and opportunities for young people to work in the most competitive manufacturing global supply chain.
Kristin is grateful to have had the opportunity to work for Senator Byron Dorgan and work in service to North Dakotans in both his Washington D.C. and Bismarck offices.
also worked for Senator Dorgan on the Democratic Policy Committee
was born in Bismarck and grew up in Killdeer, North Dakota.
She completed her high school education at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas.
returned each summer and holidays to Killdeer
to live with her
grandparents throughout her
high school years.
Having lived with her
grandparents throughout the period that her
grandfather was founding KMM
received a deep appreciation for the business, and an appreciation for what small business can do for communities and families in North Dakota.
also saw, first-hand, how public policy decisions can either help or hinder the progress of small business.
This fostered a passion for engaging our democratic process and policymakers for the benefit of small business and the common good.
serves on the board of the National RFID Education Foundation
Her passion for building better communities through economic development led Kristin to work with other North Dakota businesses to found the Dakota Defense Alliance (DDA).
The alliance has grown to have more than 35 member companies and has been successful in networking companies and securing complementary contracts that allow more dollars to remain in our state.
DDA's vision is to reach beyond North Dakota's borders to network in the global market and contribute to our defense manufacturing and high technology needs.
received a bachelor of arts in political science from the American University's School of Public Affairs
in Washington, D.C., while playing tennis as a scholarship athlete.
Kristin also holds a Masters in Arts and Religion with a concentration in ethics from Yale University, where she served in the Graduate and Professional School Senate and on the Yale Legislative Advocacy Group.
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