Kristi Birney

Associate Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations

As the Bren School’s Associate Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations, Kristi is involved in all aspects of career development and alumni relations, playing a key role in employer outreach, job and internship development, alumni relations, and professional development.

Since receiving her master's degree from the Bren School in 2006, Kristi has worked in a variety of sectors including state government (Environmental Scientist for California State Parks), consulting (Environmental Planner for Rincon Consultants), and non-profit (Marine Conservation Director for the Environmental Defense Center). Through those experiences, Kristi has developed advanced skills in innovative problem-solving, outreach, development, management, recruitment, and events.

Over the years, Kristi has been involved with the Bren School program and the greater community in a number of ways. She has participated in numerous Bren School career panels and networking events, guest-lectured in several courses, given career-related talks, served as a Master’s Group Project client and external advisor, hired and mentored a number of Bren interns, and provided career guidance to many students. She has represented the conservation community on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and co-chaired the Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area Collaborative. Kristi is an avid water person, spending her free time surfing and taking long stand-up paddle board excursions along the coast.

Contact:

Office: Bren Hall 2518
Phone: 805-893-2743
E-mail

Mailing Address:
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Bren Hall 2520
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131