Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Kristen Burzynski is a legal fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she focuses on statewide civil rights and civil liberties with an emphasis on the rights of LGBTQ New Yorkers and transgender/gender nonconforming students. During law school, Kristen advocated for student and LGBTQ rights at the ACLU LGBT and HIV Project, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU of Southern California, and Public Counsel. She represented clients in the UC Irvine School of Law Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, as well as the International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to law school, Kristen was a 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher in Oakland, CA, where she sat on Teach for America’s Diversity and Inclusion Board.

Kristen holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Loyola Marymount University, and a J.D. from The University of California, Irvine, School of Law, where she was awarded high honors for her pro-bono achievements. When she’s not working, Kristen is discovering Brooklyn’s outdoor eateries with her wife and two dogs.