Kristen Chege

Kristen Chege

Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee

Public Policy

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Kristen Chege's Overview

  • Advocacy Specialist at Media Arts for Development
  • Manager of Community Development at National MS Society
  • Research Intern at Council for the National
  • Program Director at Campbell Farm

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Kristen Chege's Experience

Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinator

Mennonite Central Committee

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

September 2011Present (3 years 1 month) Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Resource Development and Communications Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity, Egypt

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Fund-Raising industry

April 2010June 2011 (1 year 3 months)

Habitat for Humanity, Egypt (HFHE) is an NGO, registered with the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity since 2003. HFHE started in 1989 working with the garbage collectors to provide decent and affordable housing. Over the last twenty years HFH Egypt has provided for the construction or major renovation of more than 15,838 houses. As a result, over 95,028 people who could not otherwise have afforded even basic improvements to their housing are now living in decent and affordable homes.

HFH Egypt targets those people who are living at, or below, the poverty line and would not otherwise be able to acquire a loan to improve their housing. Loans are given free of interest and target those in the most need, including women and those with disabilities. With the goal of sustainability in mind, HFH Egypt works closely with partner organisations, already working in the community, to administer the housing loans and work directly with marginalised families.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Publishing industry

January 2010June 2011 (1 year 6 months)

I publish two articles monthly in the form of interviews with prominent Egyptians, how-to pieces, as well as lifestyle and human interest articles.

Cairo West Magazine is dedicated to the thriving communities of Western Cairo published by Icon Communications, the publisher of El Gouna Magazine and Taba Heights Magazine.

The publication is specifically dedicated to the residential and commercial areas in 6 of October, Cairo-Alex Desert Road, Mansouriya, and Marioutiya neighborhoods, as well as to a select list of movers and shakers in Greater Cairo.

Cairo West Magazine publishes articles on the city, its people, activities, services, road updates, and lifestyle.

It is the only publication with a complete listing of services and outlets in the specific area, with articles on real estate, cuisine, sports, entertainment, services, travel, reviews, lifestyle and people addressed only to residents of West Cairo.

10,000 free copies are distributed monthly among the West Cairo residents. In addition, Cairo West Magazine will be published in its entirety online at

Substitute Teacher

American International School - Cairo

August 2009June 2010 (11 months)

Advocacy Specialist

Media Arts for Development

September 2009January 2010 (5 months)

Hired to create a two-year strategic plan for organization-wide advocacy programs in Egypt, including strategic planning and programmatic implementation
Represented the organization at public events around Cairo, collaborating with other organizations on issues related to democracy, human rights, and youth involvement
Completed two grant applications, seeking funding from USAID and the EU

Manager of Community Development

National MS Society

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

November 2005August 2009 (3 years 10 months)

MS Walk Coordinator (six months):
Planned simultaneous fundraising walks in 11 communities around Washington State
Organized pre-event planning committee meetings, and all logistics leading-up to the walks
Served as the point-person the day of the walks, answering all staff questions, organizing volunteers and managing emergencies
Advocacy and Community Development Coordinator (one year):
Developed policy agenda, created position papers and talking points and trained over 100 volunteers to successfully advocate for policy issues with their elected officials
Hired and managed chapter lobbyist, working collaboratively to develop an advocacy plan for Washington State
Organized a cohort of MS Society members, traveled with the group to Washington DC and lobbied for federal rights for those living with disabilities
Manager of Community Development (two years):
Represented the National MS Society in the community, building relationships with physicians and community-based organizations around Washington State
Launched a Kid's Camp and Women's Retreat for those living with MS, as well as a yearly MS Summit for physicians from throughout the NW region of the United States
Developed a Health and Wellness program for a state-wide effort to increase the well-being of those living with MS
Led four board committees to explore previously underserved program areas, creating programs and services to meet the identified needs

Research Intern

Council for the National

September 2004December 2004 (4 months)

Responded to elected officials and constituents regarding policy decisions related to the Middle East
Monitored activity on Capitol Hill and gathered information, publishing reports for the organization's website and donor communication

Community Involvement

Program Director

Campbell Farm

June 2004September 2004 (4 months)

Kristen Chege's Skills & Expertise

  1. Community Development
  2. Fundraising
  3. Grant Writing
  4. Non-profits
  5. Program Management
  6. Public Speaking
  7. Volunteer Management
  8. Program Development
  9. Community Outreach

Kristen Chege's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • Arabic

    (Elementary proficiency)
  • Haitian Creole

    (Limited working proficiency)

Kristen Chege's Education

Seattle University

MA, Public Administration


Seattle Pacific University: Seattle WA

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


Certificate: International Services

Relevant Course Work: Fact-Finding Tour of Israel/West Bank, American Studies Program in Washington DC, "Refugee Resettlement as a part of Conflict Resolution", "International Peace and World Order", "Policy and Program Research", "Conflict Resolution" and "Policy Analysis"

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