Kristina (Kristy) Kaufmann is the co-founder and executive director of Code of Support Foundation. During her 11 years as a wartime Army wife, Kristy recognized the mental health impact on soldiers and families were not being appropriately addressed. Her determination to improve the approach for providing the support needed to endure repeated deployments often ruffled feathers among senior military leadership but Kristy pressed on. Upon realizing that driving change from inside the system was ineffective, she wrote an op-ed published in The Washington Post, "Army Families Under Fire." The piece resulted in the platform upon which she and her co-founder, Major General Alan Salisbury, USA (R) built Code of Support Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to integrating effort in a highly fragmented veteran support community.
Kristy is considered a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families, and her publications and media appearances include The Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN and major network broadcast channels. Kristy is a leading force in the cross-sector collaboration drive to facilitate the public-private partnerships necessary to meet the needs of the military and veteran community. She is a 2017 Presidio Institute Fellow and a graduate of the University of California Berkeley.