Kristen Kruger '14 *18, of Calabasas, California, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in Politics with a concentration in American politics. Her main focus is on domestic education policy, particularly elementary and secondary education. The Class of 2014 Tom A. and Andrea E. Bernstein ’80 Scholar, Kruger has spent much of her time at Princeton involved in efforts to close the racial and socioeconomic opportunity gap in urban public schools. She was the head project coordinator for a curriculum-based tutoring program at a public middle school in Trenton, N.J. While an undergraduate, she was the education board member for the Student Volunteers Council, a member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows and an executive leader in Princeton Faith and Action.
Kruger has done field research on community organizing and education reform as well as on charter school leadership and performance through Princeton's Community-Based Learning Initiative. She also has interests in performance management and organizational culture and strategy, particularly as applied to public school systems.
In the summer of 2013, Kruger interned at the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. She spent her first fellowship rotation at the Office of the Assistant Secretary -- Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, working exclusively on the reform initiative at the Bureau of Indian Education. Kristen’s second and her final fellowship rotations were at the Education Branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, DC. In between, she spent her third rotation at the Department of Education working on the First Lady's Higher Reach Initiative.
Kruger studied Spanish in Barcelona summer of 2017 and is back at Princeton for the 2017-2018 academic year to finish her MPA.