Kristin Strommer (she/her) joined the museum staff in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon with bachelor's degrees in anthropology (1994) and political science (2000), and she went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University in 2001. A former civics teacher at Springfield High School, Kristin was the founding advisor for the school's Gay Straight Alliance and a founding member of the Safe Schools Steering Committee—a partnership between Springfield Public Schools and Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER) that aimed to make district schools welcoming to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students. Kristin is interested in the roles marketing and communications can play in wider social justice efforts. Her career turned toward nonprofit marketing when she joined the college-access program Oregon GEAR UP, deploying a variety of print, digital, and outreach strategies to support first-generation college goers in middle and high schools around the state. An avid supporter of arts and culture in her community, Kristin sat for six years on the Lane County Cultural Coalition and served as its chair from 2018-2020. In addition to her work at the museum, Kristin enjoys gardening, cooking, and live music.