Kristen Kavanaugh, MSW

Speaker | Writer | Organizer



Kristen is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Military Social Work from the University of Southern California. She currently serves as the executive director of the Military Acceptance Project and as a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council. 


In her TEDx talk entitled "On Acceptance," Kristen shares her personal story about the consequences of serving under the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and the power of acceptance with the audience of TEDxAmericasFinestCity at their 2013 Main Event.


She displays her passion for writing on the Truman Doctrine, OutServe Magazine and the White House Champion of Change blog.


Kristen lives in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, California, with her wife, Chloe.   





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