Changing the World Together Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement Alumnus Award
This award recognizes alumni who have contributed to the core mission of CoSS, to
help bring about a more just, adaptable, and sustainable society which supports lives
that are meaningful, creative, and productive.
Kristin Keller received an M.A. in Applied Anthropology from SJSU in 2013. In her graduate project, Keller examined refugee resettlement policies in practice, as well as institutional barriers to effective service delivery at an organization in Oakland, CA. In order to mitigate organizational and bureaucratic challenges rooted at the policy level, Keller developed and implemented a training program to enhance service provision among their large volunteer workforce. In another project, Keller partnered with a team to conduct research at three sites of the Occupy Movement in California. The team created an ethnographic pamphlet to provide insight about actions, narratives, and practices employed by activists to generate change in their communities and beyond. Presently, Keller is Director of the Drop-In Center at San Francisco’s Compass Family Services, a new program that connects families experiencing homelessness to immediate counseling, case management, and supportive services in the areas of family well-being and self-sufficiency, shelter, and housing stabilization. In her role, Keller applies user experience design principles, formative evaluation, and ethnography in the development of program services, and to advocate for larger systemic changes that will better meet the needs of families. Keller also serves on the Communications Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology.