Kristina D. Ko

kdko@umich.edu | 202-554-0625

Kristina is charged with creating and driving the university’s advocacy efforts to protect and safeguard the university’s mission to educate, create new knowledge through research, and support the nation’s talent pipeline and innovation economy. She and the federal relations team accomplish this by working closely with academic leaders, faculty and staff across the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses by informing and advising them on federal legislative, regulatory and policy developments that impact public research universities, and specifically U-M’s three campuses. 

In addition, Kristina works with university leadership to help inform university-wide strategic initiatives and to ensure priorities are aligned with national policy-making, as appropriate. In order to effectively achieve this, she develops and manages strategic partnerships with the State of Michigan, university associations, other professional and advocacy societies, institutions of higher education, and industry, as appropriate. Kristina also leads the office’s efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Furthermore, Kristina supports the university’s mission to serve the nation by bolstering faculty participation in public engagement.

Prior to these roles, Kristina served as a health care adviser for the office of former-U.S. Senator Carl Levin and worked on the Affordable Care Act. In addition, she supported the Senator’s work as Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in the Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Before her work in the Senate, she spent over a decade working on health care issues across nonprofit and for-profit industries, and local and federal government.

Kristina earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree in finance and health administration and policy from the University of Chicago.