Kristen Wishon

Kristen Wishon

Sr. Director of External Affairs412.391.2060 x227

Kristen Wishon (she/her) is a longtime strategic communications professional with a special affinity for the nonprofit sector, the arts, environmental causes and education. She is currently the Senior Director of External Affairs at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, where she works closely with the region’s arts and culture community.

During her time at the Arts Council, Kristen has provided leadership to key marketing and public relations initiatives, including the Restart the Arts campaign, the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts with the PA Council on the Arts, the 90 Painted Chairs campaign and auction with VisitPITTSBURGH. Kristen previously worked at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater, and a  woman-owned private public relations firm. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism/public relations from West Virginia University.

Kristen is an active board member at Assemble, where she co-chairs the events committee and serves on the infrastructure committee. She's a previous board member and longtime member of PRSA Pittsburgh chapter. Pro tip: Kristen is a West Virginia native and will make you pepperoni rolls, upon request.