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Executive Director -
William G. Nash Foundation

Kristin Nash, MPH, and her family started the William G. Nash Foundation, a 501(c)(3), to honor her son’s life and legacy, including work on harm reduction, drug education and psychedelic safety, as well as support for young entrepreneurs making a social impact. 


Previously, Kristin worked in global public health, developing programs to support the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls and young women, including overseeing a USAID grant to combat gender inequity, HIV transmission and early pregnancy among orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi.

Kristin’s research and writing have been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Reproductive Health (Jan. 2019) and presented at the International AIDS Society, Global Health and Innovation, and National Harm Reduction Coalition conferences. Her other work includes serving on the Marin County Human Rights Commission where she advocated for social justice and equity. Kristin holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and a BA in journalism and international relations from the University of Southern California. 

WGNF Executive Director - Kristin Nash, MPH

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Presentations and Speaking

NASPA Strategies Conference

- San Francisco, January 18-19, 2024

- Link to conference information

Talk 1: Strategies to Support Students to Reduce Risks and Harm in the Era of Rising "Other Drug" Use while Complying with DFSCA Expectations.

Talk 2: Addressing the Practice and Intervention Gaps for Psychedelics Use: Harm Reduction Strategies and Stanford’s REACH Lab’s New Comprehensive Intervention

Seen in the documentary: Screenagers: Under the Influence

- Nationwide Release, April 2023

An Ethical Journey Through Altered States

Opening Panel: Exploring the Potential for Harm When Working with Altered States of Consciousness -Erica Siegal, LCSW; Katherine MacLean, PhD; Leia Friedwoman, MS; Kristin Nash, MPH.

- Palm Springs, CA, November 17-18, 2022

Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

- Burlington Vermont, October 16, 2023


National Association of College and University Attorneys

- Washington DC, November 9-10, 2023

Abstracts and Research Papers

Trends in Hallucinogen-associated Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations in California from 2016–2021

Steven Tate, Nicolas Garel, Kristin Nash, Anna Lembke.

- Wiley Online Library, January 11, 2024

Listen to Young People: How to Implement Harm Reduction in the Collegiate Setting

Nina Christie, Jason Ortiz, Rob Hoffman, Kristin Nash.

- National Harm Reduction Coalition Conference Poster and Oral Presentation, October 13-16, 2023


Mawa Girls: Creating Healthy Futures through Empowerment, Education, and Psychosocial Support

Kristin Nash, Elizabeth Geoffroy, Annie Sekani, Ntoli Moletsane.

- Global Health and Innovation Conference Poster, April 4-5, 2020


’Our girls need to see a path to the future’ – perspectives on sexual and reproductive health information among adolescent girls, guardians, and initiation counselors in Mulanje district, Malawi.

Kristin Nash, Gabrielle O’Malley, Elizabeth Geoffroy, Ellen Schell, Alice Bvumbwe, Donna Denno.

- Reproductive Health, January 25, 2019


“Using the power of football to test young people for and educate them about HIV in rural Malawi.”

Nelson Khozomba, Kondwani Kanjelo, Sarah Miller, Joyce Jere, Elizabeth Geoffroy, Kristin Nash, Ellen Schell.

- International AIDS Society Conference Poster, July 23-27, 2018

Front cover of SSDP - Listen to young people booklet


California Advocates Push to Decriminalize Psychedelics With Therapeutic Benefits

KQED "Cal Matters" - August 30, 2023

'Shrooms' In The Media and A Must-Have Conversation

Screenagers' "Tech Talk Tuesdays" - July 25, 2023


5 Questions for Kristin Nash

The Microdose - January 17, 2022


California Bill to Decriminalize Some Psychedelics Advances Through the Legislature

The Lucid News - April 4, 2023

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