As Bookigee’s leader, Kristen oversees all aspects of company vision, team building, capital fund-raising, development strategy, industry partnerships, and the cheering-on of Bookigee’s talented team. Before co-founding Bookigee, Kristen spent seventeen years in publishing in a wide variety of roles, including her most recent position as the Executive Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a nonprofit trade association that networks the children’s book market. Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues. Kristen holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and has done graduate work in graphic and industrial design at Massachusetts College of Art. As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen lectures nationally and internationally on issues facing the publishing world at venues such as O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change (TOC), The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), Book Expo America (BEA), Digital Book World (DBW), The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The American Library Association (ALA), The Digital Publishing Conference of the City College of London, UK, The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and Editech. Kristen also edits Bowker Pubtrack’s biannual consumer study of the children’s book market, Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age. Kristen is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, and publishing in the twenty-first century.