Kristi Kremers is the Director of Graduate Leadership Programs including the Boreas Environmental Leadership Program. She is also finishing her Ph.D. in organizational, leadership, policy and development with a focus on the development of visionary leaders. Her passion is focused on training the next generation of environmental leaders and change agents. To do this, she believes that the landscape of graduate education must be transformed to break down academic silos and provide students with the capacity and connections to work across disciplines.
Kristi has lived multiple lives: a rock journalist at the young age of 16 interviewing musicians on tour buses, as an undergrad living with aboriginal tribes in Australia, two-time student body president at the U representing the largest graduate governance structure in the country, co-founder of a non-profit, co-founder of a national lobbying organization, in addition to being a university researcher, administrator and teacher for the past decade.
She was previously the director of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class at the University of Colorado—Colorado Springs, where she taught leadership studies, and has also taught in the leadership studies minor at the U of M. She is the best-selling author of a series of children’s books that focus on the intersections of mindfulness and leadership. She enjoys yoga, traveling, quilting, and occasionally jumping out of a plane.