Kristina has over fifteen years’ legal experience structuring innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure projects and providing advice regarding compliance and risk management in implementation. She also has a keen interest in how corporate governance and ethics compliance can mitigate risk in complex international transactions, particularly in cross-cultural settings. Her experience has taught her that with the right safeguards, economic development projects can benefit the environment, local communities and the economy.
Kristina’s work with EcoAdvisors brings her full circle to conservation work. Early in her career, Kristina was Legal Advisor to the Global Conservation Fund at Conservation International, where she focused on ensuring the sustainable financing of protected areas, including establishment of innovative structures such as conservation concessions. From there, Kristina served as Associate General Counsel at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government corporation, where she provided legal advice with respect to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the agency’s multi-billion Dollar foreign development assistance portfolio in Africa, Asia and Central America. Just prior to joining EcoAdvisors, Kristina served as Deputy General Counsel to USAC, the permanent administrator of the US$10 billion Universal Service Fund, which uses user fees to finance telecommunications services for rural and hard-to-reach communities, low income households, and schools and libraries in the U.S. She started her career as a project finance associate in an international law firm, primarily representing multilateral lenders in connection with investments in the power sector.
Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. She is proficient in Spanish and can read French. In her free time, Kristina is an active volunteer with the Family and Youth Initiative, a D.C. organization focused on helping teens in foster care make lifelong connections with caring adults. Kristina lives in Washington, D.C., but you should ask her about being a fifth generation Arizonan who grew up exploring the desert behind her house with her faithful dog, Tinta.