As executive director of the Baltimore Collegetown Network, Kirsten Brinlee oversees initiatives and programs to attract, engage, and retain outstanding students to Baltimore. Kirsten joined the organization in 2014 to lead and manage civic leadership programs. Under her strategic leadership, she added new program components for Collegetown LeaderShape and created Collegetown Underground, programs which cultivate the next generation of civic leaders in Baltimore. Kirsten also oversees the vision for the organization, numerous engagement programs including the nationally-recognized Collegetown Shuttle, and a $1 million budget.
Prior to joining Collegetown, she worked as the assistant director at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Social Concern. At JHU, she managed alternative break programs, large days of service, and advised the student advocacy board and service student organizations. She relocated from Texas to Baltimore in 2012, and while in Texas worked at the University of North Texas's Center for Leadership and Service.
Kirsten was named "20 in their Twenties" in 2016 by The Daily Record and she graduated from the Business Volunteers Maryland's GIVE Fellowship in 2015. She earned her master's in public administration from the University of North Texas and bachelor's in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. An active member of the nonprofit community, Kirsten has served as a board member for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Baltimore and GIVE Advisory, is an ambassador for the Baltimore Community Toolbank, SparkVIsion's High Achieving Millennial Research Project, and an Impressionist with Art with a Heart.
Some of her favorite things about Baltimore are experiencing four distinct seasons – something she did not have growing up in Texas, wandering through the contemporary wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art, swimming in the dive tank at the pool in Druid Hill Park, hiking with her dog Willie through Baltimore's neighborhoods and parks, and meeting the creative, innovative people who invest in making Baltimore such a charming city.