Kirsten Coulombe joined the Division of Public and Behavioral Health in January 2016 from the Division of Child and Family Services. Prior to this she was a senior research analyst for the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, where she worked with state legislators on best practices related to Medicaid, child welfare, mental health and other issues important to the well-being of children. For the last three legislative sessions, Kirsten served as the policy analyst for the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services. From 2009 to 2010, she was a management analyst for the Child Health Insurance Program, implementing state and federal mandates to ensure that children received access to health coverage.
As a consumer care program coordinator in the private sector, she connected disabled persons with life-changing services and conducted many health care outreach programs in both English and Spanish. Then, as a long-term care ombudsman from 2005 to 2008, Kirsten advocated for the rights of families watching over their loved ones in long-term-care facilities.
Kirsten graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She then went on to earn a master’s of public administration from the University of Southern California in 2004.