Employee Spotlight: Kristen Dunaway

Employee Spotlight Kristen Dunaway
October 30, 2023


What is a typical day for you like at Concentric?

Our days can be jam-packed! My typical morning begins with trying to absorb anything and everything I can through overnight intelligence products, as well as checking on updates from our partner teams around the world. Most of my days are writing and editing intensive; I spend a lot of time researching potential risks or travel disruptors typically associated with geopolitical issues, natural disasters, and in cities and countries on a global scale. When I am not writing, I am passionate about identifying new ways to optimize processes and procedures for our team, and I love to plan team social activities.

How long have you been at Concentric and what part of your job do you find most fulfilling?

I started in 2021, and am just about to reach two years mid-November. I love working in a fast paced and challenging environment with a global team of some of the coolest and driven co-workers, who are all passionate about keeping people safe. I personally find cross-team collaboration and relationship building one of the most fulfilling parts of my job, because your co-workers can serve as an endless knowledge source. I get to challenge myself and learn something new every single day!

What is your educational and professional background before joining Concentric?

Before Concentric, I was living in Washington, D.C. attending graduate school where I worked as a contract OSINT analyst at a private agency and as a full-time multi-disciplinary coordinator at the DC Child Advocacy Center. I graduated from Marymount University in May 2021 with a Master’s in Forensic and Legal Psychology with a focus in Intelligence Studies. In my program, I focused on domestic violent extremism and disinformation campaigns, but my favorite opportunity was working with the Virginia Innocence Project to exonerate someone who was wrongly accused of homicide. Prior to that, I graduated from College of Charleston in 2018 with a Bachelors in Psychology, focusing on Crime, Law, and Society, and worked at a civil and criminal law firm. A fun fact is that I graduated one class short of another major in Studio Art and have sold commissions in my free time – I like to think that helps me be creative at work.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

If you know me, you know I am a HUGE fan of Seattle – I love spending time exploring coffee shops and parks with my dog, a cow-colored pit bull mix named Ashe, and I attend many concerts. Since moving here, I leaned into multiple stereotypical Seattle sports, which I have found best combat the seasonal chaos and long work hours. I paddle board a lot when it is nice, I am part of a local brewery running group. I also just recently got my belay-certification for ropes climbing and am stoked for my first PNW snowboard season. 

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?

As I reach two years here, I feel well equipped to identify and pursue some of my professional and personal development goals, which include traveling more, cultivating my leadership skills through mentorship, and taking a few road trips around the west coast! In my current position I am excited to continue building out a new travel-risk vertical, build out my geopolitical knowledge, and dive deep into understanding our new customer needs.

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