Kristen Uhler-McKeown is the vice president of fellowships at Equal Justice Works.
She brings to the organization over a decade of non-profit management experience in public interest law and international development organizations. Prior to Equal Justice Works, Kristen served as director of Greater D.C. and Baltimore offices of Tahirih Justice Center for two years before her appointment in 2015 as director of legal & social services, supporting Tahirih’s legal and social services staff nationwide. Kristen led program standards, monitoring, evaluation, and learning to ensure consistent, efficient, and high quality services to immigrant survivors of violence. Kristen also held management oversight of the organization’s government grants portfolio and information systems.
Previously, Kristen worked abroad for five years in senior management roles with Oxfam in the U.K., including developing strategic partnerships with institutional donors and working on GROW, a high-profile global campaign on economic and social justice. Kristen is also the former executive director of Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to particularly vulnerable detained immigrants facing removal from the U.S., including unaccompanied children, torture survivors, and asylum seekers. Under Kristen’s leadership, PIRC was awarded a competitive DOJ Legal Orientation Program contract, launched a new program to support immigrant women seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, and doubled the organization’s staff. Kristen has also served as a board member of nonprofit organizations supporting immigrant communities.
Kristen is a graduate with honors from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, where she was President of the Public Interest Law Fund and recognized as a Miller Center for Public Interest Law Advocate. She received the “Excellence in Public Service Award” from Dickinson School of Law in 2014 in recognition of her exceptional commitment to public service. Kristen is a dual citizen of the U.S. and UK, and is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.