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Kristen Wilson is the Director of the Office of Grants Management. She oversees grant research and writing activities as well as finance and management of awarded grant projects across City departments.
Kristen personally manages many of the City's grant-funded transportation and waterfront development projects. She has taken a leadership role in the advancement and construction of the Kingston Greenline, and in the past has served as a member of the Complete Streets Advisory Council.
Previously, Kristen worked as a Senior Resource Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. In that role, she directed several public health-related grant projects and created Live Well Kingston, which is now a City Commission.
Kristen has a Masters from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and conducted research on watershed policy in Oaxaca, Mexico. Earlier, she worked as an environmental educator and Outward Bound instructor. Fluent in Spanish, she enjoys yoga, bicycling, gardening and downhill skiing.
Originally from Lake Placid, NY, Kristen is also a professional ski instructor.
Ruth Ann joined the City staff in March 2019 as Grants Manager in the Office of Grants Management. She is primarily responsible for research and writing, overseeing the full life-cycle for specific awards, and managing a variety of funded projects.
Prior to her position in local government, Ruth Ann was Development Director at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie for eight years. Previously, she was Director of Special Events at New York City Ballet; managed philanthropic projects at Warner Media, Inc.; and was a writer and fundraising event consultant with the New York Public Library, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and Sanky Communications. She began her career in fundraising and communications at the Greater New York March of Dimes.
Ruth Ann was one of the original founders of the Midtown Arts District, presently serves on its Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the Kingston Arts Commission.
Coincidentally, Ruth Ann is also from Lake Placid, and is a professional figure skater.
Project Outreach Consultant @ Susan G. Blickstein, LLC
Susan is the Founding Principal of Susan G. Blickstein, LLC, a small woman-owned transportation planning, policy, public engagement and research firm based in New Paltz, NY. With over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher, and (sometimes) professor, Dr. Blickstein is thrilled to be assisting the City of Kingston with the Uptown Transportation Improvement Project.