Kristen Beall Watson


Kristen Beall Watson is President and CEO of Kern Community Foundation – an organization committed to Growing Community, Growing Philanthropy.  Mrs. Watson has more than 30 years of leadership experience in a unique combination of public and private accounting, education, and philanthropy.

She 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, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from 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, a board member for the Girl Scouts, Joshua Tree Council, and steering committee member for the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference, American Cancer Society’s Oktoberfest, and as a founding member of the Women’s and Girls’ Fund of Kern County Vision Committee. She currently serves on the Boards of Kern Health Systems, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Bakersfield Rotary Club Waterman Foundation, Boy Scouts of America Southern Sierra Council, and is a Trustee for California Health Science University.


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