Kirsten Kirby

Kirsten Kirby

Director of Community Relations

Kirsten is delighted to join The Academy at Penguin Hall as the Director of Community Relations. Her role includes building partnerships with local individuals and organizations, cultivating internship and mentoring opportunities for students, managing technology initiatives, and assisting with communications.

Kirsten comes to The Academy having spent over 15 years working in higher education. Through positions including Assistant Director of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising at Johns Hopkins University and most recently as Director of Health Professions Advising at Franklin & Marshall College, Kirsten helped thousands of students achieve their goal of gaining admission to health professions school (medical, dental, veterinary school, etc.). She also created mentoring programs pairing students with professionals in the community, hosted on-campus and virtual programs, and developed digital resources.

Kirsten has spent the past year co-authoring a pre-med advice book (in the final stages before publication) and serving as a consultant for higher education and nonprofit organizations including Brandeis University and Wings for Success (a nonprofit devoted to empowering women in their job search).

Having attended Smith College, Kirsten has experienced and understands the transformative power of an all-women’s education. In Kirsten’s own words, “I strongly believe that young women should follow their curiosity and that journey will lead them to learn more about their world and themselves. Every young woman brings unique gifts to The Academy and during her time here, she will expand these gifts and discover more. By encouraging and empowering each other, young women can find their voices and make their mark.”

Kirsten earned her B.A. in English from Smith College (graduating magna cum laude) and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going to college hockey games, watching movies, and traveling both in the U.S. and abroad.