Kristin McGuire

Member Since 2022

Kristin McGuire

Executive Director

Young Invincibles

Los Angeles Area

Kristin McGuire is the Executive Director for Young Invincibles, a national nonprofit dedicated to amplifying the voices of young adults in the political process. Kristin assumes this role having most recently served as YI West Regional Director, where she has spent the last five years empowering young adults to advocate for higher education, health care, and economic policies. Kristin brings years of community organizing and policy change expertise to her role as Executive Director. As a first-generation college student from a single-parent household — she is driven by a deep understanding of the needs of under-resourced communities and has helped shift power to young adults from these communities over the last decade. Kristin’s recent successes include shaping policies that will protect the financial health of young Californians as they enter adulthood, such as the California Student Borrowers’ Bill of Rights 2019 (AB 376), the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act of 2019, and the College Student Hunger Relief Act 2016 (AB 1747). But her most prized accomplishment is not her own, it is her mother’s, who integrated her school at the age of seven. Previously, through her work with the LA County Department of Public Health’s Project TRUST, Kristin organized residents to demand that the City Council mandate smoke-free housing and curb secondhand smoke at parks in communities like Compton, California. She’s also worked to reduce recidivism of young parolees in Los Angeles. An active member of her community, Kristin is the first Black American elected to her local school board (November 2020). Her upbringing, family values, and commitment to the community ensure educational success for youth at every level and from diverse backgrounds. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those who blazed the trail before me. Unsung heroes like my mom truly inspire me to continue to work for generations who will come after me.” Kristin is the wife of a military veteran and mother to two daughters – a 14-year-old aspiring chemical engineer and a 19-year-old rising Sophomore at UCLA who studies neuroscience – dog mom to Blue, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the best sorority in the world.


SKILLS

  • Fundraising
  • Public Policy
  • Nonprofits

RECENT CONTENT

November 30th, 2022

Young People Leading the Way to Help Others Stay Healthy for the Holidays

For organizations relaying vaccine information to the community, consistency is critical in this work.

October 14th, 2022

Racial Wealth Gaps Will Not Go Away on Their Own

The stubborn persistence of the racial wealth gap among today's diverse young adults should be a wake-up call for lawmakers and employers alike.

August 26th, 2022

Understanding Gen-Z Workers Isn’t As Hard As It Seems

As the executive director of a national nonprofit organization with multiple state offices and where the majority of our staff is under 30 years old, I have some insights to share. Here's how my organization benefits from listening to young workers and why that can make your workplace stronger too.

July 6th, 2022

Policy Change Expert: The Impact Of Student Debt Across Generations

My family is not unique; student debt impacts many families, communities and indeed our whole society. As the leader of an advocacy organization that works for access to higher education, I'd like to share my story.


COMPANY INFO

Young Invincibles

Founded in 2009, Young Invincibles (YI) is a national nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy and research organization working with and for young adults to address the generation’s most pressing economic challenges by amplifying the voices of young adults in the political process. With a focus on higher education, health care, workforce development, and civic engagement our work is guided by the belief that every young person - regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or any other factor - deserves a fair chance to achieve their goals and reach financial stability.


AREA OF FOCUS

  • Higher Education
  • Health Care
  • Politics