Michigan native and Detroit implant, Cristen, joined the TechTown team in 2022. After gaining several years of experience in the realm of marketing and administrative work within the mortgage industry, she sharply pivoted to apply her skillset toward contributing to the revitalization of Detroit. Her upbringing instilled a deeply rooted belief in the importance of diversity and contributed to her sincere appreciation and interest in different cultures. Since her move to the city in 2021, Cristen continues to focus on learning as much as she can about the unique history and deep sense of community that exists here. Much of her free time is occupied by trying new restaurants and shops, travelling, discovering new music, and spending time with family and friends. After a long day, one of her favorite ways to relax is curling up on the couch and sipping a cup of tea next to her pet Shih Tzu, Clover.