Kristen Walsh has nearly a decade of experience serving as an advisor to three United States Senators, making her an expert in dealing with public policy issues and giving her a diverse background that encompasses both the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining Tonio Burgos & Associates, Kristen served as Long Island Regional Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, where she managed the Long Island office, advised the Senator on issues regarding Nassau and Suffolk counties and served as liaison between her and local officials, businesses and constituencies. During this time, Kristen worked with local and state officials and community stakeholders on issues of importance to the region, including transportation, housing, environment, veterans affairs, economic development, education and healthcare. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Kristen served as the Senator’s point person and was the liaison between her office and local municipalities in need of assistance. In addition, she assisted with the long-term rebuilding by working with FEMA and other federal agencies to ensure that vital resources reached Long Island communities. In the years prior to working for Senator Gillibrand, Kristen served as Long Island Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Charles Schumer’s offices, respectively. In those roles she built strong relationships with local and state leadership on Long Island and throughout New York State. As the point person for coordinating all regional federal, state and local interagency initiatives for each of these Senators, Kristen’s experience has made her a valuable asset to the TB&A team.
Kristen sits on the board of Girls Inc., of Long Island, which encourages middle and high school girls to be strong, smart and bold through school and community based programming.