Executive Vice President
Cristen is a native Texan. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Political Science. Although she began her career teaching high school students about our republic, she soon moved to Austin, Texas to work in state government.
Cristen served as a budget, planning, and policy advisor to Governor Rick Perry, focusing on natural resources issues. She left that position in 2008 to become chief of staff to the Chairman of Appropriations in the Texas House of Representatives. During her tenure in the House she also created and directed the advisory body to the Texas House Republican Caucus Policy Committee.
Wanting to expand her horizons, she received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2014. Upon completing her degree, she served as the Executive Director for the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, in California, where she worked to expand the influence and impact of the Center's Supreme Court, and federal appellate court practice.
Cristen joined Mountain States Legal Foundation in July 2017.
She is admitted to practice law in Texas.