Kristina Nugent is a Historic Preservation and World Heritage specialist and has worked at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, the World Monuments Fund in New York, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Historic Preservation Office in Washington, D.C, and as the Sr. Manager of Global Programs for the Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto.

Kristina was the Questor’s Scholar at Columbia University in New York where she earned a Master of Science Degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and her BA with high honors from U.C. Berkeley. She is a native Californian and has lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Washington, D.C – and now calls New York City home.

But those are just factoids. I’d like to take what we know about and have learned from the past and use it to push society forward in a way that is beautiful and all-encompassing. I live boldly and look forward to every day as a chance to constantly learn from, teach, and support people who are committed to technological progress and positive social change. Bridging the gap between the visual and the verbal, the past and the future, continues to be a productive challenge for me, and represents a depth of knowledge that feels consistently new and exciting.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the creative energy that is so much at the core of our culture of innovation here in New York City. I’ve spent many years on the fringe of it – in academia – reading blogs, watching the interviews, attending launch events, and being inspired by how quickly ideas become actual products and campaigns that enrich our world on an unprecedented scale. I’m amazed that so many people have done extraordinary things with their lives. I fully intend to follow suit and inspire others to live a fuller, healthier, and more incredible life.


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