Kristen Lewis is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Before founding Measure of America with co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps in 2007, Kristen was senior policy advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs, and was co-author of the task force report, Health, Dignity and Development: What will it take? (Earthscan, 2005). She previously worked at the United Nations for many years, first with UNIFEM and then as in UNDP's policy bureau, and has served as a consultant on gender equality issues for numerous international development organizations, including UNICEF and UNFPA.
Kristen contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in the The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, research cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and frequent newspaper and radio interviews. She received a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Programs and Projects
- Measure of America
- (Program Director)
- Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kristen Lewis and Becky Ofrane, Youth Disconnection Rates Highlight Structural Barriers to Achievement in the US (4/3/2018), https://items.ssrc.org/youth-disconnection-rates-highlight-structural-barriers-to-achievement-in-the-us/.
- Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, A Portrait of Los Angeles County Revisited: Responding to Scholars’ Reflections (3/20/2018), https://items.ssrc.org/a-portrait-of-los-angeles-county-revisited-responding-to-scholars-reflections/.
- Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps, High School Graduation in New York City (May 2016), http://www.measureofamerica.org/d2gnyc/high-school-graduation-in-new-york-city/.