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Welcome Kristina Baum to the Board of Directors
In January, the Board of Directors welcomed its newest member, Kristina Baum, who has been a longtime advocate for the melanoma community.
Kristina is a senior vice president at Vision 360 Partners in public affairs and litigation communications, working on a number of accounts for corporate clients. She has spent the last decade in senior communications roles in both the private sector and the highest branches of government including serving as a lead communications strategist at the White House, in both houses of Congress, and as the chief spokesperson for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Kristina most recently served as vice president at Qorvis communications where she helped manage clients ranging from publicly traded companies in consumer goods to non-profits and from privately held companies in supply chain to foreign governments. Previously, Kristina was communications director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In addition to serving as the chief on-the-record spokesperson for the OSTP, Kristina developed communications plans and messaging strategies for over 90 policy streams and played an active role in managing communications in the COVID19 response.
Kristina’s Hill experience includes being communications director for both the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and press secretary for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She also previously served as external communications supervisor for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, following a stint as a reporter in the financial and energy industries. Kristina has also worked on matters of national security in previous roles and has a current Top Secret/SCI clearance which also makes her an asset to Federal clients requiring adjudicated security clearances from both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Defense.
As a three-time cancer survivor, Baum is an inspiration outside the office too. She advocates for those battling melanoma through her work to raise awareness, fund research and find a cure. She is a regular contributor to national media on cancer research and a fundraiser for multiple charities and advocacy groups for melanoma patients and survivors. She has also advocated before the FDA on clinical trial design and medical countermeasures to brain metastases. Kristina graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Arts in Human Services with a certificate in marriage and family therapy.