Kristen is the Regional Analyst for East and Southern Africa for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. In this role, Kristen monitors and assesses security, political, economic, and sociocultural developments in sub-Saharan Africa in order to inform and advise the U.S. private-sector of implications to their operations. In addition to writing unclassified analytical reports on various security issues, Kristen interfaces daily with private-sector representatives by fielding inquiries and providing security assessments through email, phone, and in-person consultations. Since assuming this position in December 2015, Kristen has traveled to Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Senegal, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia.
Kristen joined OSAC in December 2012 as the Program Officer for East Asia and the Pacific, and for a short time also managed the South and Central Asia portfolio, where she supported country council programs in those regions. During that time, Kristen also managed and oversaw two industry-specific working groups, the Pan-Asia Regional Council (PARC) and the Media and Entertainment Working Group (MEWG).
During her time at OSAC, Kristen was selected to represent OSAC as a member of the Major Events team deploying to Seoul, Korea in support of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February 2018. Kristen was also selected to represent the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) as an instructor for a counterterrorism theory course in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015 and in Budapest, Hungary in 2016.