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Published: February 01, 2013

Kristin Byrnes


CEO and President
Project Access
project-access.org


Kristin Byrnes has led Project Access since 2004 and was instrumental in its expansion from Southern California to Northern California and Colorado. She directs and supports the organization’s mission: provide health, education and employment services to low-income families and seniors living in affordable housing communities.
   
The nonprofit offers onsite programs to help ensure that parents find work and stay employed, kids succeed in school and seniors remain active.

Status:
41, married 11 years
Two daughters: Ava, 4, and Audrey, 2-1/2

Business tool you can’t live without:
iPhone

Favorite season:
All seasons – I love them all

Proudest achievements:
Obtaining a master’s degree, getting married, having children and leading an amazing nonprofit organization

Favorite city in the world:

London. It has cobblestone streets, beautiful gardens, mansions, museums and the best theater.

Fantasy career:
Pop singer!

Last movie you cried at:
I recently saw “This is 40” over the holidays with a friend, and that is something to cry about!

Best quote:
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to the other with no
loss of enthusiasm.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Best book read in the past six months:
I never have enough time to read, but when I have a minute, it’s
“The Economist” on my iPhone.

Hobby or passion that keeps you active:
Hot yoga

A perfect day in O.C. would be:
We’d hike to Crystal Cove in the morning with my family to look for mermaid tear drops (colored glass) on the beach and explore the tide pools. After the kids napped, we’d trek to Disneyland!