Kristen Houlton Shaw

Kristen Houlton Shaw

Kristen Houlton Shaw

Global Director of Development

Kristen works with VisionSpring’s philanthropic partners in support of our mission to bring eyeglasses to people living on less than $4/day around the world. 

Prior to joining VisionSpring, Kristen led the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Previously, Kristen worked for several years in Sub-Saharan Africa.  With Computer Aid International, she launched a donor-funded program in technology skill-building for women, teachers and youth in Liberia, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya.

While working for the Malawi Prisons Service, Kristen raised international donor support and ran HIV prevention and treatment services in 35 prison facilities.  As a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Malawi, she worked as a management advisor in a youth organization.

Kristen worked in teaching and research at the University of Minnesota for several years while earning her master’s degree in Feminist Philosophy.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics from New York University.

 

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