Kirsten Bokenkamp joined the ACLU of Montana in October 2018. As Communications Director, she is charged with formulating and implementing communications strategies to advance the work of the ACLU of Montana.
Kirsten has more than a decade of experience integrating communications into overall advocacy strategies to create change. She has worked on various social justice issues including advancing rights and freedoms for LGBTQ people, ending hunger, reforming our criminal justice system, ensuring educational opportunities for our children, and improving the lives of immigrants.
Before joining the ACLU of Montana, Kirsten was the Communications Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Previously, Kirsten was the Policy and Communications Director with Equality Virginia, the leading LGBTQ rights organization in Virginia. She also worked with the ACLU of Texas as its Senior Communications Strategist. Before that, Kirsten was Director of the St. Elmo Neighborhood Project at the Austin based organization Foundation Communities, where she worked with the community to develop and implement neighborhood programs to support largely Spanish-speaking immigrant families with the goal of ensuring that neighborhood kids are healthy, engaged, and college-bound. She has served as a consultant for UNICEF where she oversaw the implementation of a nutrition monitoring pilot program for the Malawi government, and has engaged in community development projects in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Kirsten holds a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Vermont. Originally from Vermont, Kirsten enjoys exploring the beautiful state of Montana, spending time with her family and snowboarding. She is also a certified yoga teacher.