Kriston Alford McIntosh has been a trusted advisor to business leaders, nonprofit executives, and elected officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government for nearly two decades. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief Communications Officer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she leads the work of the organization’s national communications team. Prior to joining the ACLU, Kriston served as a managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS), where she helped clients navigate business challenges within the political landscape, with a particular focus on stakeholder engagement, crisis and litigation communications. Kriston joined HPS from the Brookings Institution, where she was the managing director of The Hamilton Project. Immediately prior to the Hamilton Project, Kriston served as a senior vice president in the Washington, D.C. office of Edelman Public Relations and as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. Kriston’s Congressional experience includes serving as the staff director of the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and as a senior policy advisor to Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). Earlier in her career, Kriston held positions at the United Nations Foundation and in the Office of Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Kriston’s commentary has been published in outlets including CNN Business, BBC News, The Hill, and The Detroit Free Press. She holds a Bachelor Science in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Deputy Chief Communications Officer, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)