Kiersten began serving as CBBEP’s Executive Director on September 1, 2022. Prior to this, she served as CBBEP’s Director of Partnerships, during which time she worked to cultivate individual, corporate, government, and foundation partnerships that further CBBEP’s mission. Her roles and responsibilities with CBBEP have also included working closely with staff and partners on strategic planning related to budgeting, programmatic goals and implementation, and governance. In her role as Executive Director, Kiersten will continue working to cultivate partnerships and funding support for CBBEP’s programs and projects, and she will also be responsible for working closely with the CBBEP Board of Directors and for managing the ongoing business and operations of the Program. Kiersten received her B.S. in Biology from Augustana College and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to working at CBBEP, Kiersten served as a Research Associate with the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, where she focused on integrating research and education to improve the stewardship of coastal resources. Phone (361) 336-0315.