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Kristi Chester Vance

Co-Director, Leadership Program

Kristi Chester Vance (she/her) joined TREC in 2017 as part of our leadership development team, where she focuses on leadership training and coaching. Kristi’s leadership coaching and training practices are rooted in her deep commitment to celebrate and amplify every person’s unique truth, power, and wisdom. Kristi loves to sink her spirit into partnering with clients to claim their power by overcoming imposter syndrome and ‘it must just be me-itis’, working with white-bodied people who are committed to build their skill and will to stand for racial justice, and supporting people who are journeying to claim their authentic leadership styles. With many years of training in mindfulness, Kristi specializes in supporting passionate leaders to develop practices to nourish their purpose and joy while actively resisting burnout.

As Co-Director of the Leadership Program at Training Resources for the Environmental Community, Kristi supports both individual leaders and whole teams to deepen their innate leadership by centering their wisdom while offering practices and frameworks to amplify it. Kristi bring to her leadership work and coaching 23+ years of activism, with deep experience in frontline work of the heart and spirit taking on industries and governments with fierce compassion to demand accountability for our collective future.

Kristi is a certified professional coach and holds an executive certificate in non-profit management from the Harvard Business School as well as a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is also certified through the Embody Lab in Embodied Social Justice. Kristi graduated with a JBA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in journalism and advertising, and completed a portfolio program in design and art direction from the Creative Circus. She is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.

In addition to her professional work, Kristi is Vice Chair at HAVEN, an organization dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic abuse and sex trafficking, and is a co-founder of Project Connect, a group created to support the safety and well-being of students in her community of Bozeman, Montana. She is also a co-founder of the Gallatin Valley chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ.) Her serial social entrepreneurism has included co-founding MOMS, an organization dedicated to stopping the chemical contamination of children, and Half-Full Communications, an award-winning design studio devoted to creating a more powerful voice for environmental and social justice advocates.

When Kristi is not engaging in work of the heart with her community, she is most definitely engaging in play of the heart with her partner, two teenage daughters, and her very, very naughty dogs.

Kristi Chester Vance
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