A native of Poulsbo, Washington, Kristy Anderson graduated from Western Washington University in 1995 and went on to earn an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College in 1997. Ms. Anderson started her professional career in the Planning Unit of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. She worked for 13 years at Olympic College serving as the Associate Dean for Planning, Assessment and Research. During this time she led the college’s Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chaired the Outcomes Assessment Committee, and was responsible for Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness programs to support Student Achievement. From 2010-2013, Ms. Anderson was the Director of Planning, Assessment & Research at the College of the Siskiyous in Northern California, where she served as the college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.