Kristina Whiton-O’Brien is the Partnerships Director at Vot-ER. She received her BSW from Providence College and her MSW from Boston University. During the first part of her career she specialized in adoption preparation, placement and support in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She then engaged in training, outreach, and legislative advocacy as a Director for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Most recently, Kristina worked at the Boston University School of Social Work as the Assistant Director of Online Advising and Field Education where she developed partnerships across the country for MSW field placements and grew the program from 30 students to over 600.
She has taught many professional education programs as well as policy and ethics graduate courses. In addition to her social work career, she was named an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Legislature and was then appointed to the Plymouth County Commission on the Status of Women as an inaugural member in July of 2018. She has been a Vice Chair and Secretary on this Commission which promotes programs and policies to advance women and girls in the community.