Storyteller, entrepreneur, gadfly.
There are moments we endure, and movements that are born. Throughout it all, there are stories. Beyond the accolades, the rewards, the applause, there is also risk. Stories can save. Stories can kill. It’s up to us to determine when and how to pick up the sword of storytelling. Today, there is no better moment to endure.
Kristy Martino was born into a working class family in Binghamton, New York, to a cop father, a mother who punched a clock at the local K-Mart, and two very much older brothers that raised her to be tougher than the other kids.
After studying literature and photography in New York City, her career path covered ground in journalism, textile design, and advertising; culminating in the launch of a successful branding studio called Haigh + Martino in 2010. In 2013, she set her path towards advocacy.
Kristy is currently working to support a movement across the country to fight poverty and inequality in America, and leading an effort to lift the voices of the real “Experts on Poverty,” supporting them to share their expertise with policymakers, the media, and the general public.
Outside of pursuing a secondary degree in Social and Behavioral Science/Race and Ethnic Studies, and petting her cats while listening to Rihanna, she’s also writing a book about an old friend who shot a cop.