Kirsten Johnson, Director of Community Engagement and Systems Change, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Kirsten manages a portfolio of community-driven projects aimed at creating equity. Her work focuses on engagement, collaboration and systems change addressing complex challenges impacting the communities that Wilder serves. Kirsten brings the lenses of emotional intelligence, intercultural competence, and network weaving to all of her work. She studied Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota and has worked in the nonprofit sector on collaboration and community development for over fifteen years. Prior to coming to the Wilder Foundation, Kirsten's work supported a variety of nonprofit organizations including the StreetWorks Collaborative, VEAP, and Arc Greater Twin Cities.