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Kristin Conklin

kristen conklin

I was the first in my family to graduate college and the first to found a small business, HCM Strategists, a public policy and advocacy consulting firm based in Washington, DC. My career has focused on improving college access and success for first-generation students like I was. In 2013, I experienced the rare opportunity for a professional “triple play” in my biz: I testified on consecutive days to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on ways to improve federal financial aid so more students can afford and complete college and I had my editorial on these issues printed in the New York Times. This September, a Latina student I have had the privilege to mentor enrolled in college; she too is #firstgeneration.