Kristi served as the interim director of the Pacific Northwest Center for Global Security of Battelle, senior program manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and has garnered international recognition as an expert on social impact assessment, public involvement, and institutional analysis. In addition to Kristi's experience in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Malaysia, she had also worked on community and natural resource development in a variety of countries in Africa and Asia. She has played an active role in the application of social impact assessment techniques to the identification and evaluation of environmental policies and implementation strategies and in the incorporation of public involvement into program and community decision-making and regional cooperative efforts. She is a specialist in helping organizations achieve effective involvement of interested and affected parties to achieve transparency, build confidence, and reduce tensions.
Her principal areas of interest are environmental and energy security, regional stability, and the role of nonproliferation and human security in international development.