Greater Portland Council of Governments
In 2016, Kristina joined the Greater Portland Council of Governments, a “regional plan and do” agency that serves 26 cities and towns, helping them save money through collaboration and supporting the region by building regional prosperity. The Council helps coordinate a regional network for public transportation, funds the clean-up of industrial properties and readies them for economic development, promotes clean energy, and creates the economic development strategy for the region.
Before joining the Council, she served a town councilor in Freeport and as the Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a statewide coalition of 58 organizations working to double the number of people using transit across the state, promote walking and biking, and create great places She also served the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as the Director of the South Coast Rail project, a $2 billion passenger rail extension. As part of this project, she led the development of the award-winning South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, which is a smart growth blueprint currently being implemented by 31 cities and towns through zoning and planning changes. Immediately prior to that, Kristina served as the Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.
Kristina’s first job was as a project manager for the International Institute for Energy Conservation. She was based in Thailand, and worked with nine Asian national governments to set energy efficiency standards for industrial and commercial products. She also worked with three countries on transportation and energy strategies.