Kristin Conklin Partner, HCM Strategists

Kristin D. Conklin is a founding partner of HCM Strategists, LLC. Prior to starting HCM, Ms. Conklin served as senior advisor to the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education. She provided advice and analysis on high school rigor, postsecondary access, and college affordability. She helped develop the President’s FY08 education budget, which included the largest increase in Pell grants in more than 30 years.

Previously, Kristin spent 10 years working with states and representing state policy and policymakers in Washington. From 2000 to 2006, she was program director in the Education Division at the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices. At NGA, she launched and managed the $23.6 million Honor States Grant Program, which supports gubernatorial leadership and high school policy innovation in 26 states. Ms. Conklin is co-author of the 2005 National Education Summit on High Schools policy blueprint and led the development of NGA’s Getting it Done: Ten Steps to a State Action Agenda, which has been implemented in more than 35 states. She directed the Washington office of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education from 1997 to 2000.

She has a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo.