KRISTINA KAUFMANN

(Advocate, Executive Director of Code of Support Foundation)

Kristy Kaufmann is the Executive Director of the Code of Support Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to bridging the gap between civilian and military America.

In 2009, Kristy’s Washington Post op-ed, “Army Families Under Fire”, launched her into the role of a national military family advocate. The article addressed challenges facing Army families, identified gaps in current approaches, and provided suggestions to improve family support and readiness. In 2011, the New York Times published her piece about the importance of integrating families and communities into the military’s suicide prevention efforts.

Kristy has addressed congress about the impact of war on the mental health of military families, speaking openly about suicides among military spouses. She's participated as a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences and events across the country, and continues to collaborate with civilian and military leadership, non-profits, veteran service organizations, academia, the medical community, corporations and the media - to raise awareness, breakdown organizational stovepipes, and incentivize policy changes to more effectively support service members, veterans and their families.

Kristy is recognized as a subject matter expert on military and veteran family support, and has been interviewed for numerous publications, radio and television stations. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and grew up in New Rochelle, NY in a wonderful family of six. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA.