Kristen Zimmerman is passionate about the role of narrative and story in movement building. As a trainer, artist, writer, and educator she has over 20 years of experience supporting communities, alliances and movements to use story in their pursuit of social justice and transformation. Currently, Kristen’s primary focus at MSC is Transformative Movement Building – focusing on how movement builders are integrating creative, body-centered and contemplative practice to be more transformative and bold in their work. At MSC Kristen has used her role as a writer, researcher, and alliance builder to help social justice leaders frame and embody a new story. Her work and interests have cut across the sectors of Reproductive Justice, Environmental and Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Disability Justice, Media Justice, and Youth Organizing.
Before coming to MSC, Kristen founded Youth in Focus, an organization dedicated to creating a more just, sustainable and democratic society by increasing young people’s power and leadership through youth led action research. She has served as a trainer, coach, and consultant to many youth-led and intentionally intergenerational projects and organizations.
Kristen has focused on projects that highlight the voices of “frontline communities.” While at KPFA/Pacifica Radio, Kristen launched Full Circle, a weekly cultural and public affairs show dedicated to communities of color and queer communities. She was the lead producer “Our Power” a series profiling Indigenous organizers challenging the oil and power industries and “Queer as Youth”, a series focused on the experiences of queer youth of color in foster care, education, and gentrifying communities. She is also an active and proud parent organizer around special education issues in Oakland.