Kristin B. Thompson MA is a Syracuse native who, in addition to her role as secretary of the Corporate Volunteer Council, is the newly appointed Syracuse Heart Walk director for the American Heart Association. As Heart Walk Director, she is responsible for engaging and encouraging the Syracuse community to support the annual Heart Walk through corporate sponsorships. Equally, if not more important, is her active involvement in community outreach and engagement in an effort to move towards a community free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and promoting healthier lifestyles. Before coming to the American Heart Association, she worked at Upstate Medical University in the Marketing & University Communications department specifically focusing on community relations. For three years, Kristin played a vital role in almost every single large scale civic service project sponsored by Upstate from the Mary Nelson Annual Back to School Barbeque and Backpack Giveaway to the first annual LEON festival which drew close to 10,000 families to Onondaga Lake Park.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo, receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in international business and world trade, Kristin was a 40 Under Forty award recipient in 2014, and is a member of the Young Leaders United – United Way of CNY Steering Committee. Kristin has a reputation for meeting project deliverables on schedule and with accuracy and leading the way with diverse teams. She has a passion for giving back and supporting the community in which she lives, works and serves and lives her life according to the following quote from George Bernard Shaw, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”