Kristen Gore

Associate Policy Analyst

Kristen Gore is an Associate Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. In her role, Gore supports Chapin Hall’s work with state government and child welfare agencies implementing system transformation initiatives. Her work centers on the adoption and implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, Kinship Navigator and Family Finding programs within several jurisdictions to improve the lives and well-being of children and families. Gore’s contributions include implementation and capacity building support, strategic planning, business process mapping, project management, and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). Gore is especially interested in integrating strategies that are inclusive of and center community and family voice to create systems from a bottom-up approach.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Gore worked at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) as a Graduate Research Associate within the Housing and Community Development Team. In this role, she conducted data analysis on an inclusionary zoning ordinance, assisted in the development of the region’s Assessment of Fair Housing, and spearheaded the research and writing of policy briefs related to fair and affordable housing. In addition to her time at MPC, Gore worked on a student consultant team with the Chicago Community Trust to develop a data dashboard to monitor and track progress in closing the racial wealth gap in the Chicago region. Prior to these roles, Gore worked in a direct service role at UCAN Residential alongside case managers. It was during this time that Gore felt inspired to use her direct service experience to inform policy and systems change in the child welfare system and beyond. Prior to her work at UCAN, Gore worked at a behavioral health center and as an AmeriCorps VISTA in North Carolina.

Gore holds a Master of Social Work in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Appalachian State University.

Master of Arts in Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Appalachian State University