Kristina Olney joined the staff of The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as Government Relations Associate in 2012. Prior to joining FPI, Kristina worked for two years at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Government Relations. In this role, Kristina played a vital role in the Commission’s efforts to build and maintain relationships with key legislators. She organized and represented the Commission in Congressional briefings and led legislative initiatives with Congressional staff to bring attention to international violations of religious freedom. Kristina served the Commission as a Research Assistant focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan for a year before being promoted to Associate Director of Government Relations. Prior to joining the Commission, Kristina worked on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as a fellow of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society, and Law. Ms. Olney is a dual American-Australian citizen and has lived extensively in the U.S., Australia, Europe, and elsewhere. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at the Australian National University in 2009 and is fluent in French.
The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.