Kristin Kirkpatrick: January message

As we start this new year, I’ve been honored to join my Colorado State University System colleagues in opening a brand new campus in the heart of downtown Denver called CSU Spur. It will not surprise you that this effort has been more than a decade in the making, a dream now realized to open a campus focused on free, public education on the topics of food, water, and health.

As a consortium focused on the future workforce, it’s been heartening to see small hands get to work in a mock vet clinic, forming minds connect to new career possibilities watching veterinarians perform surgery on dogs and cats, and youth from urban and rural communities convene to talk about our shared future. (Photo below!) You know what’s at stake, and they do, too. Campuses like CSU Spur are inspiring young people to think about how they might use that knowledge to impact their own lives and careers, and in doing so, impact the rest of the world.

A group of children in masks cluster around a tall white cat statue.

Here’s to a hopeful start to the new year,


This message was included in Together We Grow’s January newsletter. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.