Vicksburg National Military Park
Kristyn is originally from the Los Angeles area, but spent most of her upbringing in the Canyon City of Azusa, California. She set out to UC Santa Barbara for her undergraduate education in 2013 and graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology and a Minor in Labor Studies. After graduation, she was granted the opportunity to serve as the Isla Vista Community Room Coordinator for the Isla Vista Youth Projects Inc. Soon after, she joined Joyce E. Dudley’s amazing team at the County of Santa Barbara, District Attorney’s Office.
Her interest, appreciation, and passion for public lands solidified in the past few years after having visited 12 National Parks across multiple states. She hopes to visit all the National Parks in the U.S. and be able to make her way to parks in other countries.
It is most important for her to conduct outreach and develop positive relationships with community members, local agencies and organizations. In doing so, she is determined to build a bridge between parks and the community, and work to increase park accessibility for folks in low-income, underrepresented, and underserved communities. She believes this will make a lifelong impact in their lives, inspire a new group of conservationists, and most importantly, increase diversity throughout all parks. It means a great deal for her to give back to her community and other communities similar to the ones that raised her. She is incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve as the CVA for Vicksburg National Military Park and ready to make a difference throughout her service year.