Kristen Stephenson serves as GPEC’s vice president of research & analytics. Kristen rejoined the team in 2018 after previously working for the organization from 2002-2014. In her role, she leads the competitor market analysis and research innovation programs, while supporting the efforts of the business development and marketing teams.
Prior to rejoining GPEC, Kristen worked for the City of Glendale in the Office of Economic Development, focusing on business attraction and expansion, including projects such as IKEA, Progressive Leasing, Bechtel and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. She also provided support to strategic projects and research for the city.
Kristen has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from the Pennsylvania State University. She has lived in the valley for over 30 years and currently resides in Glendale with her husband and two sons.