Kristan Hawkins, President

Kristan Hawkins, President Kristan Hawkins

Kristan was hired in 2006 to lead Students for Life of America (SFLA). Since launching SFLA’s full-time operation, Kristan has helped more than triple the number of campus pro-life groups in the United States, from 181 to almost 800 in 49 states, and grow the SFLA National Conference from 450 in 2007 to 2,000 in 2012, making the event the largest pro-life conference in the nation. In 2013, she authored SFLA’s first book Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.

As President, Kristan directs the mission and strategy of Students for Life of America. In addition, Kristan serves as the organization’s official spokeswoman and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, EWTN, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson and the Christian Broadcasting Network. She is frequent blogger for and and has also been quoted in numerous national and regional newspapers such as the Washington Times, Washington Post, A dynamic speaker, Kristan travels the country talking to students and adults alike on a wide range of topics including Planned Parenthood, Real Feminism, Real Social Justice, Pro-Life Activism and Leadership.

Kristan is known for her work leading the successful 2009 Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition which brought together over 70 pro-life and pro-family leaders in a national coalition dedicated to stopping government funding of abortion in healthcare reform. In addition, she launched in 2009, a website and coalition dedicated to her son Gunner who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to raise the issue of healthcare rationing in government healthcare systems. Kristan and the SFLA Team have launched several successful investigations into Planned Parenthood with Kristan, herself, going undercover on several occasions, and have even released startling information proving the abortion Goliath targets college-aged youth.

In addition to launching SFLA’s unique, nationwide Field Program, Kristan and her team have launched Med Students for Life, Law Students for Life, and Pregnant on Campus, a transformative initiative which strives to connect young women in need on campus to those in the community.

Since high school, Kristan has been an advocate for the unborn and pro-life speaker/trainer. Her pro-life mission began when she was asked to volunteer at a Pregnancy Resource Center during her sophomore year of high school. After spending 3 months counseling women not to abort their children, Kristan started the first pro-life group at her high school and eventually was asked to be the West Virginia Teens for Life President. It was during high school, where Kristan organized her first political protest and events aimed at educating students about abortion.

After graduating high school as Valedictorian, Kristan went on to college and again started the first pro-life group on her college campus. In college, Kristan majored in Political Science with the hopes of becoming a full-time pro-life activist. In 2005, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethany College in West Virginia.

Before coming to SFLA, Kristan worked for the 2004 Bush/Cheney re-election campaign, the Republican National Committee, and served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Since working at SFLA, Kristan has been awarded the Susan B. Anthony Young Leader Award, the Dr. William Hogan Education Award for pro-life leadership, the 2009 Weyrich Youth Leadership Award, and a 2010 Life Prize Award.

Kristan’s work and passion for the unborn has been featured in numerous publications, most recently in National Review Online, the Washington TimesCitizen Magazine and The Blaze.

Kristan resides in the St. Paul, MN area with her husband, Jonathan, and three sons, Gunner, Bear, and Maverick and daughter, Gracie.

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Watch Kristan speak at the 2015 March for Life in Washington DC and view her television interviews here.

Below is a sampling of opinion editorials from Kristan:

Unpaid Internships are Worth It: Suck it up Millennials – Townhall, 6/29/15

Will Planned Parenthood Side with the Satanists? – The Blaze, 6/26/15

Christians and Abortion – Christian Post, 6/19/15

My ‘Imperfect’ Son’s Valuable Life – The Blaze, 5/14/15

University Recruits Minors to Abort Babies in Name of ‘Scientific Research’ – The Blaze, 4/15/15

Millennial Women Reject Emily’s List Politics – Breitbart, 3/10/15

No Wishy-Washy Candidates, Please – Townhall, 3/6/15

The Left moves to normalize abortion and suicide – Breitbart, 2/26/15

Why Valentine’s Day Shouldn’t Be All About Sex (Week) – The Blaze, 2/11/15

Female GOP Reps. Pull Support for Pain-Capable Abortion Ban – CNS News, 1/30/15

The Abortion Intensity Gap – Washington Times, 1/20/15

7 Ways Abortion Advocates Avoided Discussions In 2014 By Talking About Genitals Instead – Daily Caller, 12/29/14

Pregnant Students on Campus Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Their Child and Their Education – Townhall, 12/17/14

Abortion Should be Stigmatized – The Blaze, 12/17/14

Pro-Life Women Made Their Voices Heard; Loud and Clear– Christian Post, 11/5/14
Is Abortion a Social Good? – Washington Examiner, 11/1/14

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Channels Margaret Sanger – Christian Post, 10/1/14

Former Rep. Bart Stupak’s Betrayal Still Resonates – Taxpayer Dollars are Funding Abortions – The Blaze, 9/18/14

What about rape? – The Hill, 9/15/14

Religious Freedom Under Attack on College Campuses – Townhall, 9/6/14

Judges Rewrite Roe v. Wade To Protect Unsafe Abortion Clinics – Daily Caller, 8/4/14

The Supreme Court Gave Women More Freedom, Not Less – Townhall, 7/10/14

Obvious Child’– Potent PSA for Planned Parenthood – Breitbart, 7/1/14

Poor, Lonely Wendy Davis – Townhall, 6/25/14

He Killed Babies Born Alive After Abortion, Until This Happened – LifeNews, 6/14/14