A lifelong animal lover, Kerston finally found a job where her conservation values meet her fascination with government and policy. As the Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Advocacy at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, Kerston is leading the new movement for zoos and aquariums to use their reach to impact local, federal and international policy on behalf of wildlife and habitats. Previously Kerston worked for both the State of Washington and U.S. Federal Government in constituent relations and public outreach. Her circuitous professional journey made government pit stops at transportation, urban infrastructure and higher education, and now wildlife conservation policy and advocacy. Kerston graduated from the University of California, Davis in Rhetoric and Communications, and earned a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental Policy from the University of Washington.