Kristen L. Handricken, Ed.M.

Open Circle Program

Kristen Handricken served as Director of Open Circle program through early February 2009. Please contact Nancy MacKay or Nova Biro for information about the program: 781-283-2847.


Kristen L. Handricken has worked in the education, public health, and human service fields for the past 18 years in a variety of roles that span direct service provision, program coordination, administration, training, and consultation. She has founded and developed youth and family serving programs and initiatives in Quincy, Weymouth, Brockton, and Cambridge. As Co-Director of the Middle Grades Prevention Program for the Cambridge Public Schools, Kristen coordinated the district-wide integration and evaluation of social and emotional learning services for middle school students in Cambridge. A graduate of Bridgewater State College and Harvard University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Specialized Master of Education in the development of socio-educational partnerships for equity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Wellesley Centers for Women, Kristen worked as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator dedicating herself to enhancing the power of organizations to better meet the needs of adults and children of all racial heritages, gender identities, and economic backgrounds. As a former Commissioner on the Board for the Status of Women in Cambridge she advocated for the protection of human and civil rights of women, children, and families in the city for almost a decade.


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