Kristina Baldwin

Kristina Baldwin

Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Grants Manager, City of Hartford, Hartford, CT

Kristina Baldwin has been the Grants Manager for the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation since 2014. As Hartford’s Youth Service Bureau, the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation supports Hartford organizations that provide programs to serve thousands of the City’s young people. In her role, Ms. Baldwin manages the programs of Hartford’s Youth Service Bureau, inclusive of the City’s Youth Justice Initiative and Workforce Development efforts. Ms. Baldwin also provides the City’s management for the Hartford Youth Service Corps, Juvenile Review Board, and Truancy Reduction Taskforce. Additionally, Ms. Baldwin manages multiple contracts that the City of Hartford has with various youth serving community-based organization partners.

Prior to her work with the City of Hartford, Ms. Baldwin utilized her grants management skills and youth development background at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford as an integral part of the Development team, where she was responsible for securing over one third of the organization’s revenue through grants annually. Previously, Ms. Baldwin was the Unit Director for the organization’s Southwest Club Unit, serving approximately 100 youth ages 6 to 18, who utilized the Club each day.

Ms. Baldwin has also served as the Director of Teen Services for the Bristol Boys & Girls Clubs, and at Wheeler Clinic as the Prevention Specialist under the Governor’s Prevention Initiative for Youth, managing the state grant program for the organization. Under her leadership, the Bristol, Connecticut Keystone Club teen leadership program won three national awards for program excellence from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Ms. Baldwin holds a degree in Child and Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut. In 2012, she was awarded the Hartford Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award for outstanding professional impact. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve Hartford’s youth through her daily work and volunteer activities and looks forward to continuing to follow her purpose of supporting life-changing paths and meaningful opportunities for all young people.

Kristina Baldwin is a member of the Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at