Kristen McKiernan

Kristen McKiernanSenior Executive Officer, Communications

Kristen McKiernan is the Senior Executive Officer for Communications at The Arc's national office. Kristen joined The Arc in 2011 after working on Capitol Hill and on various Congressional campaigns for ten years after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5), who is now a U.S. Senator representing Connecticut. Kristen also served as Communications Director for Resources Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall (WV-3), representing his views on issues including energy policy, conservation and other environmental matters to national and local press outlets. Kristen grew up in Connecticut and has an uncle with Down syndrome who has been a big part of her life. Kristen found The Arc as she was looking for a professional opportunity that allowed her to use her crisis and policy communications skills honed on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns, and granted her the opportunity to work for a mission driven organization.