Kristina Kimani joined MPHA in 2015 and currently serves as MPHA’s Assistant Policy Director. She plays an integral role in supporting all of MPHA’s policy priorities, with a focus on healthy food access, hospital community benefits and local public health. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina has led the organization’s efforts to transform the local public health system in Massachusetts, working in coalition with a wide variety of partners, including legislators, municipal leaders, public health experts and community-based organizations. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from Fairfield University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking with friends and family. If she could choose a superpower, it would be flying, so that she could quickly get to all the people and places she needs to be and also enjoy an occasional peaceful moment floating among the clouds.