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Kristin Barrett

Kristin Barrett

Chief Operating Officer

1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-5641

As the Polsky Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Kristin is responsible for operations and expansion of the Polsky Center as well as overseeing finances, HR, IT, and facilities.

Prior to the Polsky Center, Kristin was vice president of 1871, one of the nation’s largest startup hubs, and led educational content for the organization. Kristin was the COO of Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago), a top-ranked technology startup accelerator, and worked with startups and early-stage investments through Hyde Park Angels.

Kristin started in entrepreneurship while working on new ventures and corporate strategy for Redbox, participating in the company’s growth from 6,000 locations to more than 30,000. She has also worked in management consulting with A.T. Kearney, touching a variety of industries including pharmacy, logistics, and agricultural goods.

Kristin earned an MBA with Honors at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her BS in journalism and economics from Northwestern University.

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