Kristin McGuire is the Executive Director at Young Invincibles, a national young adult policy and advocacy organization based in Washington DC. As the Executive Director, she empowers young adults to advocate for equitable higher education, health care, and economic policies.
Kristin is an experienced community organizer who has over a decade of policy change expertise. As a first-generation college student from a single-parent household – she is driven by a deep understanding of the needs of under-resourced communities and has helped shift power in these communities. An active member of her community, Kristin is also the first Black person elected to her local school board (November 2020). Her upbringing, family values, and commitment to the community ensure educational success for youth at every level and from diverse backgrounds.
Kristin’s recent successes include shaping policies that will protect the financial health of young Californians as they enter adulthood such as the California Student Borrowers’ Bill of Rights 2019, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act of 2019, and the College Student Hunger Relief Act 2016. But her most prized accomplishment is not her own, it is her mother’s, who integrated her school at the age of seven.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those who blazed the trail before me. Unsung heroes like my mom truly inspire me to continue to work for generations who will come after me.”
Previously, through her work with the LA County Department of Public Health’s Project TRUST, Kristin organized residents to demand that the City Council mandate smoke-free housing and curb secondhand smoke at parks in communities like Compton, California.
Kristin is the wife of a military veteran and mother to two daughters, a 14-year-old aspiring chemical engineer and a third-year at UCLA who studies neuroscience. She is dog mom to Blue and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the best sorority in the world.