Kristin Maschka

KRISTIN MASCHKA is a best-selling author and a consultant with more than 15 years of experience in organization development and change leadership. Kristin brings a fresh perspective and authentic voice to the issues at the heart of family and community life today: modern motherhood and fatherhood, public education, community organizations, worklife issues, personal finance and economics, technology and business.

Through her firm, Maschka Enterprises, Kristin Maschka catalyzes people and teams to achieve their aspirations. Kristin has a unique blend of experience with high-tech businesses, non-profits, education and families that enables her to draw on practices, insights, and tools from different fields and customize them for a specific client. Never content with simply talking about change, Kristin specializes in creating the conditions necessary for leaders and teams to take action in the face of overwhelming change and complexity, a difficult challenge or a new opportunity.

Kristin is an expert on mothers and the social, economic, and cultural forces that impact their lives. She spent four years as the Board President of Mothers & More, a national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. In her best-selling book, This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today (Penguin Group, 2009), Kristin weaves together her own story, anecdotes from mothers all over the country, and a deep knowledge of history and society to offer mothers – and fathers – a comforting, often funny read that helps them see themselves and the world around them in a whole new way. At the same time she provides specific actions women can take to remodel motherhood to live the lives they always thought they would. She has authored related articles and commentary for publications such as USA Today Magazine, Womens eNews and the Huffington Post. Print and radio media regularly call on her expertise; USA Today, Money, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Marketplace, and BBC London.

Kristin’s experience with public education includes roles as a teacher, parent, community advocate and consulting partner to Superintendents, school districts and foundations. Her work with organizations such as the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education connects her to the cutting edge of education reform. At the same time, close to home she is the co-founder and former Board Chair of the Pasadena Education Network, a community non-profit promoting parent participation in public education.

Kristin lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and daughter.

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