Kirsten Sims has spent her life and career dedicated to good things. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Industrial Design and a plan for developing abandoned urban space by installing 50-foot daffodils, she spent time teaching press printing, installing Christmas animatronics, painting horse farm fences, and wandering around the US on buses. Kirsten landed in Boston by way of Rhode Island-Connecticut-NYC-England 23 years ago, and doesn’t foresee a departure any time soon—her time here nearly quadruples any other residence she’s had. A communications designer by trade and a collaborative problem solver by nature, Kirsten’s work includes footwear, exhibits, identity systems, marketing collateral, print and media advertising, tabletop display, video, photography, illustration, and a whole lot of strategic and conceptual thinking. (She’s a big fan of strategic and conceptual thinking.) She is currently the National Senior Director of External Affairs for Cradles to Crayons—a national nonprofit organization that aims to end Children’s Clothing Insecurity by distributing clothing and other basic essentials to millions of children in need. Along with her board position with Gallery 263, she also sits on the board of Food For Free, a Cambridge-based, Eastern-Massachusetts-serving, anti-hunger and food rescue organization. She is also a member of the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition and teaches in the Graphic Design department at Lasell University in Newton.