Executive Director, Youth Solutions
Kristin Harrington is the Executive Director, where she has overall responsibility for Youth Solutions including Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG), the state-based affiliate of the National Jobs for America’s Graduates (“JAG”) organization. She is leading one of the most dynamic and effective youth programs in the state of Michigan aimed at ensuring Michigan’s young people graduate, gain employment, and begin down the pathway towards a meaningful career.
Prior to coming to Kinexus, Kristin served as a kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana for Teach for America. Her background in education provides Kristin with a profound appreciation of the transformative work team members do on behalf of Michigan’s young people every day.
In addition to teaching, Kristin has held leadership roles across education and workforce development, to include tri-county Michigan Works! service center operations, Adult Education programming, and the Kinexus Bridge Academy for re-engaged high school dropouts.
Kristin is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts), Dominican University (Master of Science in Education – M.S. Ed), the University of Michigan-Flint (Master of Business Administration – MBA), and the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management. In 2018, Kristin was awarded 40 Under 40 by Moody on the Market.
Outside of work, Kristin spends as much time as possible with her husband, Nate, daughter Blakely, and dog, Zoey. Kristin’s passions include really long walks outside, all things U of M – Go Blue!, great food and drinks (especially cheese), following politics and engaging in dialogue, catching up on the latest TV series, and being with friends and family.