Kristen A. Beall Watson, Ed.D.President and CEO
Kristen Beall is President and CEO of Kern Community Foundation, and President of Kern Real Estate Foundation. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in a unique combination of public and private accounting, education and philanthropy.
Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a master’s degree in education from Point Loma Nazarene University, a clear California teaching credential and a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kristen has spent a large portion of her adult life involved in Kern County philanthropy, serving as president of the Lori Brock Children’s Museum, treasurer of the Junior League of Bakersfield, board member for the Girl Scouts, Joshua Tree Council, steering committee member for the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference and American Cancer Society’s Oktoberfest, founding member of the Women’s and Girls’ Fund of Kern County Vision Committee and advisor to students in the Jim Burke Education Foundation Dreambuilder program. Kristen currently serves as a Trustee for California Health Science University and board member for Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Valley PBS and Southern Sierra Council Boy Scouts of America.
While originally from Southern California, Kristen has proudly called Kern County her home for over 30 years. She has two adult children, Taylor and Morgan.