Kristin Collum is a U.S. Army veteran, a mother, a tech leader, and a long-time Idaho resident. She joined the race for Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor to give Idaho a progressive choice who will be a voice for all Idahoans – especially women, our children, and minorities who are unheard and under-represented today.
Kristin grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school. In the twelve years she proudly served her country, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, lived abroad, and traveled to three dozen countries. She worked for two years at the Pentagon for General Colin Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Afterwards she got commissioned and served as a Signal Officer platoon leader in an Infantry Division before being honorably discharged.
Professionally, Kristin has worked at Micron and Hewlett-Packard, and is currently a Software Engineering Manager for Xylem (“Let’s Solve Water”), where her team writes Smart Grid monitor and control software for utility companies. She has earned five professional certifications, which provided an arsenal of tools that she employs to lead her teams (or “herd the cats”). Over the years, whether as a project manager, program manager, scrum master, chief of staff, or people manager, she has established a track record of success.
Kristin has lived in Boise for twenty-one years, where she raised her two daughters, mostly as a single mother. She is now remarried and lives in Boise with her husband and their four daughters. Her family loves the outdoors, especially snow sports, hiking, and white water rafting.