Kristen Nyman manages the federal affairs portfolios for R Street’s Technology and Innovation and National Security and Cybersecurity teams. She also serves as a fellow on the National Security and Cybersecurity team, focusing on the national security implications of various technologies and technological implementations, like election security infrastructure, the Internet of Things, and data privacy and security.

Prior to joining R Street, Kristen served as a legislative assistant for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), managing issue areas including judiciary policy. Prior to that, she worked as a legislative assistant for Florida’s 118th House District, where she focused on state-level technology security issues.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Florida International University’s Green School of International and Public Affairs. She received her master’s degree in security studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

She lives in Washington, D.C.