Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is a co-founder and the Executive Director of MomsRising.org. MomsRising has a goal of bringing millions of people, who all share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America, together as a deeply engaged and educated non-partisan force. This grassroots, online effort is mobilizing mothers, and all who have mothers, across America. Started May 2006, MomsRising has over 150,000 citizen members, as well as more than ninety (and growing) aligned national organizations, working together to create positive solutions for the future.
With MomsRising co-founder and President, Joan Blades (who is also co-founder of MoveOn.org), Rowe-Finkbeiner is also the co-author of The Motherhood Manifesto. Released on Mother's Day 2006, The Motherhood Manifesto makes the case that it's time for a broad change in America's support for mothers and families. In both public and private sectors, radical shifts are needed to make parenting and the workplace compatible. The Motherhood Manifesto identifies and challenges the obstacles facing working mothers today, and proposes concrete solutions. In 2007, The Motherhood Manifesto book won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize.
In 2005, Rowe-Finkbeiner's book The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy was awarded first place by the Independent Book Publishers Association in the category of Women's Issues. Rowe-Finkbeiner writes frequently about public policy, motherhood, health, and new feminism and many of her magazine articles are currently being used in women's studies classes across the nation. In 2006, she was given an Excellence in Journalism award by the Society of Professional Journalists. Rowe-Finkbeiner's writing also appears in several other books, including the anthologies, The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Motherhood; The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change; and Current Controversies: The Wage Gap, as well as other academic anthologies.
Rowe-Finkbeiner has been deeply involved in cutting edge politics and policy analysis for over a decade. She's worked as a consultant in the field of political strategy and policy analysis for clients such as the League of Conservation Voters EF, Audubon Society, NW Ecosystem Alliance, McDaniel Land Foundation, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Environmental Alliance for Voter Education, Atmosphere Alliance, and more. Previous to working as a consultant, during her tenure as Political and Field Director of the Washington Conservation Voters, the political arm of the environmental movement in Washington State, she created a model statewide program to elect, endorse, and support environmentally responsible candidates.
In 2008, Rowe-Finkbeiner was awarded a fellowship in Hunt Alternatives Fund's national program, Prime Movers: Cultivating Social Capital. She received the 2008 Good in Government Award from the Washington State League of Women Voters. She also selected as one of the 2008 "Super Heroes" for families by ParentMap Magazine.
She currently serves on the board of the Economic Opportunity Institute. She also served as Board President for the Washington Environmental Alliance for Voter Education (WEAVE), an organization that is heavily involved in electoral education, and is Board Emeritus for the Washington Conservation Voters after serving on the Executive Committee for many years. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.