Kristin Olsen

Kristin Olsen was born and raised in Stanislaus County and graduated from Modesto High School. She currently serves as Chair of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, after representing Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties in the California State Assembly from 2010-2016. Olsen is also a Partner at California Strategies, a statewide public affairs and consulting firm where she helps others effectively work within the government sphere and political landscape. Her favorite role, however, is as mom to her three children.

While serving as California’s Assembly Republican Leader from 2014-2016, Olsen developed a statewide reputation as a dynamic, forward-thinking leader – “the sort of person the Republicans need” (LA Daily News) and whom Democrat Governor Jerry Brown described as “pragmatic and effective.” In her San Joaquin Valley district, Olsen earned high marks as a bipartisan consensus builder whose “party affiliation was of less importance than her Valley affiliation” (Modesto Bee).

Olsen currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Way California and for CA Women Lead that recruits and trains women to pursue appointed and elected office, as well as on the Supervisory (Audit) Committee for Valley First Credit Union. Her prior work experience included service on the Modesto City Council, and executive positions at CSU Stanislaus and the California Restaurant Association. Olsen is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow and a magna cum laude graduate of Westmont College.