About Kristen Browde
“Our vision, and our values are what drives us to work together in this campaign,” she says. “In the coming months, with my slate-mates, Ivy Pool and Gail Markels, we plan to meet and actively listen to everyone who lives here, regardless of their political affiliation. Then we’re going to move forward, to end the four years of Republican stagnation and to build a stronger New Castle.”
Kristen Browde moved to New Castle in 2004, when the oldest of her two sons was approaching school age. She is now an active parent of a 13 year old at Seven Bridges and an older son in school overseas. Kristen is a first time candidate, but the Cornell University and Fordham Law graduate brings a wealth of experience and a fresh vision to the Democratic Party here in New Castle.
Kristen would be the first to tell you that she never expected to run for office. She’d spent most of her life as a journalist, working in radio and television, winning multiple Emmys and other awards. She has covered wars overseas, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court and finished her broadcast career with a 17 year stint as an anchor and correspondent at CBS News, before opening her law firm, which quickly grew into a busy divorce and Family Law practice in Chappaqua.
While working at CBS News, Kristen was elected to serve as a Trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Systems, providing health insurance and defined benefit pensions to thousands nationwide. She now serves as member of its Investment Committee.
Here in town Kristen was one of the initial appointees to the Town Ethics Board, where she was named Secretary and served on the Board until agreeing to run for office, which required her to resign. She also serves on the Chappaqua School System’s Financial Advisory Committee and the Town Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Kristen is on the Board of Directors of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and one of the founders of the Transgender Bar Association.
This past year Kristen campaigned actively for Democrats, working in North Carolina on the Clinton campaign and also organizing successfully to oust the authors of the infamous HB2, including Governor Pat McCrory and the State Attorney General. Democrats now fill both seats.
Kristen marched in the Womens’ March in Washington on January 21, and, upon her return to Chappaqua she became active in Up2Us, the follow on to Chappaqua Friends of Hillary as well as in the Indivisible movement. It was at the Indivisible Westchester organizing meeting one week later that Nominating Committee members spotted her and asked her to consider running.
It didn’t take long for her to say yes. “Decisions are made by those in the room,” she says, “so it’s important that we fill those rooms, that we become the change that we need, building from the Town level up and taking back our government.”
CANDIDATE for town supervisor
Kristen has a unique background encompassing both journalism and law. She currently serves the New Castle Community as a member of the Chappaqua School District Finance Advisory Committee. She recently resigned her position as the Secretary of the Town of New Castle Board of Ethics when she agreed to run for Town Supervisor.
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
B.A., Government & Philosophy
Activities & Affiliations
- Chappaqua Central School District Finance Advisory Committee, Member
- Town of New Castle New York, Board of Ethics, Secretary
- Cornell University Alumni Ambassador Network
- AFTRA Pension Fund, Trustree
- LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, Board Member
- Transgender Bar Association, Founding Member
- New York
- 2nd and 5th US Circuit Courts of Appeals
- US District Court, Maryland
- Supreme Court of the United States