Kirstin Hill,


Kirstin Hill is the Manager for Conservation Engagement with the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), the nonprofit supporter of Smithsonian’s National Zoo.  She has been working in the field of environmental and conservation education for ten years, with a focus on connecting people to nature with the goal of inspiring positive change to protect the planet.  In her current role, Kirstin oversees much of the Zoo’s public programming, including visitor education events, lectures and seminars, and in-park demonstrations, as well as developing conservation messaging and engagement strategies for the Zoo’s education programs.  Kirstin is the recipient of the 2014-15 Jeff Swanagan Memorial Scholarship for Conservation Education and, along with her colleagues on the FONZ Education & Volunteer team, received the 2016 Smithsonian Education Award for Innovation for their work in developing programming on the subject of single-use plastics and marine debris.  Kirstin has served on the National Zoo’s Sustainability Committee, Diversity Committee, and leadership group for the Enrichment & Training Committee, and is an active member of the National Capital chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (NCAAZK).

Before stepping into her current role, Kirstin served for four years as the Program Supervisor for the Small Mammal House—home to the National Zoo’s golden lion tamarins.  In working with this exhibit, she fell in love with GLTs as one of the rare stories of a species rebounding from the brink of extinction.  She is dedicated to furthering the long-term protection of GLTs in their native Brazil, and connecting people around the globe to these fascinating and charismatic animals.