Kristen Stephenson shares her favorite things to do in Greater Phoenix.

What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Kristen Stephenson

Published: 03/27/2023
Updated: 04/07/2023

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have spent most of my life in Greater Phoenix, primarily in the West Valley. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have two amazing children. I’m an avid knitter but also love to spend time outdoors. I’m also a self-professed “data nerd.”

What city or town do you live in?


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?

35 years

Where are you originally from and what brought you to Arizona?

I’m originally from Iowa but moved to Arizona when I was 6 years old when my dad’s job transferred him here.

Where do you currently work and what is your job title?

I work for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council as Senior Vice President of Research and Analytics.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?

You’ll usually find me outdoors – biking, hiking, kayaking, or going to Arrowhead Farmers Market

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Postino or Barrio Queen

What’s something that has surprised you about Arizona?

How easy it is to get connected to other people

Anything else you would like to add?

I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Greater Phoenix. I love the desert, the heat, the sunsets, the smell of rain when it hits the creosote but also the great people I’ve met and the amenities I get to enjoy.

Kristen stands outside during a hike in Arizona in a pink shirt and orange hat.

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