Kristen Uhler-McKeown is the Vice President of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works. In this role, Kristen leads our Fellowships unit and fundraises for our Fellowship programs and alumni initiatives to create opportunities and build the community of lawyers committed to public service.
Kristen gained extensive experience in non-profit management through her work in public interest law and international development sectors. Her previous roles included responsibilities such as program design, fundraising, campaigns, advocacy, operations, governance, evaluation, grants administration and compliance, and direct service supervision.
Prior to Equal Justice Works, Kristen served as the Local Director of the Greater DC and Baltimore offices of Tahirih Justice Center and as the National Director of Legal and Social Services, where she advanced high-quality, survivor-centered services to immigrant survivors of violence. Kristen also lived in the UK and held senior roles within the international programs and campaigns divisions at Oxfam GB and Oxfam Secretariat. She is the former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center where she secured increased funding to double the organization’s revenue and staff and launched the DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Legal Orientation Program at York County Prison.
Kristen holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, a JD from Penn State Dickinson Law, and is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. During her time in law school, she was the President of the Public Interest Law Fund, recognized as a Miller Center for Public Interest Law Advocate, and later awarded the Excellence in Public Service Award in 2014 as an alum. Her law school internships, where she first represented immigrant children in detention and Mariel Cuban parolees, got her completely hooked on public service, a field that she has been committed to ever since.