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Kristin York

Kristin is a change strategist focused on sustainable solutions for businesses and communities. With over 15 years experience in strategic planning, finance, operations, marketing and business transformation, Kristin’s unique perspective brings a holistic, systems approach to complex situations.  
Kristin specializes in engaging the enterprise in long-term sustainable strategy through a customer centric lens. She works with clients to embed best practice models and harness value through the environmental certification process. Kristin’s pragmatic and cross-functional approach is well honed by years of consulting and industry experience in hospitality, real estate, construction and manufacturing. Focused on the experiential dimension of sustainability, she is a creative problem solver and natural team builder with an innate ability to bridge communication gaps within organizations.
Kristin is currently engaged with a privately held resort company in the design and implementation of their Sustainable Operating Plan for 6 properties and prospective investments. The engagement includes baseline operational audits and facility assessment, metrics determination, training, reporting and brand enhancement.  She is assisting them in obtaining Green Seal certification at each property.
Kristin’s technical background is well developed from her Senior Manager experience at a Big 6 Accounting and Consulting firm where she focused on turnaround management. She developed operational and financial solutions for underperforming or overleveraged companies in an effort to maximize value for their stakeholders.   Kristin has been involved in all aspects of the reorganization process, including formulation of strategic business plans, cash flow management, crisis mitigation and managing the return to corporate viability through customer and product rationalization and appropriate leverage strategy.   During her tenure, Kristin also engaged in financial and compliance audits, SEC investigations, forensic accounting and served as an expert witness in the San Francisco Superior Court for a number of legal proceedings related to construction litigation and business interruption.
Kristin’s industry experience includes Lean Operation’s Manager for Hexcel Corporation.  In this capacity she was responsible for the global implementation, metrics and reporting for the new Lean strategy encompassing 22 plants and corporate facilities for this $2 billion manufacturing company. She was certified as a Rapid Improvement Workshop® leader and trained as a green belt in Lean methodologies. She has also worked in various management positions in the hospitality industry.
Kristin earned an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco, and a BS in Hospitality Management from the University of San Francisco, which included studies at L’Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland. Kristin is a graduate of the Executive Program in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School. She is becoming certified in GHG Inventories and LEED. She is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a Certified Turnaround Manager and is a qualified Meyers Briggs trainer.