Deep Roots in Columbus
Kristen Brown is a native of Columbus with deep roots in the city and county. On her mother’s side of the family, Kristen is a sixth generation resident of Bartholomew County. On her father’s side, she is a fourth generation resident of Columbus.
Kristen graduated fifth in her class at Columbus North High School in 1982 and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1986 and from Harvard University with an M.B.A in 1993.
Senior Executive Experience
After college, Kristen worked as a commercial banker at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and as an associate for the investment company that manages the American Funds – the largest actively managed stock and bond mutual fund family in the world.
After graduating from Harvard Business School, Kristen was hired by Larry Ellison, the founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, and began a dynamic career in Silicon Valley. She was a senior executive and Vice President of several leading companies in the software industry, including publicly-traded legends like Oracle, number 105 on the Fortune 500 list, and Intuit, the developer of Quickbooks, Quicken and TurboTax.
Kristen has led several large corporate divisions with multi-million dollar budgets in one of the most demanding and competitive industries in the world. She’s also turned around fledgling divisions. Kristen was responsible for investments and mergers and acquisitions that ranged from a few million dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Kristen has done business around the world, having held several positions with global responsibility And she has experience as an entrepreneur, founding and leading a start-up software company as its CEO.
Kristen moved back to her hometown of Columbus six years ago to be with family and longtime friends and to enjoy Columbus’ community spirit and Midwestern values. She worked as the Vice President of Corporate Development at ExactTarget in Indianapolis before she chose to retire from the computer software industry.
Politically Active at All Levels
Kristen is a conservative Republican who is very politically active.
She was an advisor to both the McCain and Mitch Daniels campaigns. She is a member of the Indiana Republican Party Platform Committee, a delegate for the Indiana Republican State Convention and a board member for the Hoosier Property Tax Reform Alliance whose honorary chair is Mitch Daniels. Locally, Kristen was the chairperson for Ryan Lauer’s successful campaign for county council.
Locally, Kristen has been a courageous voice of the people of Columbus, calling for fiscal discipline, accountability, openness and transparency in city government. In meetings with city officials and letters to the editor, she has explained, through an extensive analysis of the city’s finances, why the city’s recent increases in taxes and fees are unnecessary. Kristen has advocated the repeal of the trash fees to give struggling families needed financial relief. She also has proposed to city officials an open and transparent pathway to the city government’s downtown development.
Kristen is a member of Sandy Hook United Methodist Church.