Kristi Chester Vance

National (2001)



bozeman, Montana

Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

Kristi Chester Vance joined TREC in 2017 as part of our leadership development team, where she focuses on leadership training and coaching. She came to TREC after a sixteen-year career as the deputy director of, (formerly ForestEthics,) where she, her team, and their allies transformed the environmental practices of dozens of the biggest names in corporate America, worked with communities to protect themselves and the climate from the risks posed by using fossil fuels, and secured the protection of 65 million acres of forests.

Kristi’s background includes many years of training in mindfulness, with a focus on supporting activists to develop practices to support the joy and passion they bring to the work and resist succumbing to burnout.

In addition to her work at, Kristi is a co-founder of MOMS, an organization dedicated to stopping the chemical contamination of children, and a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. She is also a co-founder of Half-Full Communications, an award-winning design studio devoted to creating a more powerful voice for environmental and social justice advocates.

Kristi is in the midst of finishing an executive certificate in non-profit leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a JBA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in journalism and advertising and completed a portfolio program in design and art direction from the Creative Circus.

Kristi and her family live in Bozeman, Montana, where in her free time she can be found roaming through the mountains or in a classroom making art with children.

Watch Kristi's TEDx talk, 'Transforming Creativity,' at