Kristen Aponte (she/her) serves as the NCAR Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion(DEI). Kristen holds a master’s degree in education administration and leadership and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
As the NCAR Assistant Director of DEI, Kristen works to further DEI values in all aspects of workforce development and scientific research within NCAR. Prior to her appointment in 2022, Kristen served as DEI specialist with UCAR’s Office of DEI since 2016. Her work included furthering DEI programs through strategic planning, training, coaching conversations, policy updates, and leading the UCAR|NCAR Equity and Inclusion (UNEION) training program, which has reached more than 200 employees. Prior to her time at NCAR/UCAR, Kristen worked on college and university campuses in roles focused on student development, community building, and residence life.
Throughout her career, Kristen has been guided by the desire to create pathways and access to higher education, inclusive workplace cultures, and feelings of community.