After working in higher education for the past five years, Kamryn Kurtzner (she/they) is delighted to join the GSBA team as the Scholarship & Education Fund Program Manager.
Kamryn was raised in a small town in Northern Michigan and completed her undergraduate degree from Alma College in Music Composition and Creative Writing. As an undergraduate she was heavily involved on campus with Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity and served as her chapter’s first openly lesbian president. After graduation, she quickly began her student affairs journey with the University of North Texas as a sorority house director and, at the same time, she founded the first LGBTQIA+ affinity group for sorority members to find support, resources, and to serve as a collective voice for members in regards to policy and programming. This affinity group is now the oldest and largest LGBTQIA+ affinity group for an individual organization with over 500 members and informs policy change for the international organization.
After Texas, Kamryn moved to California to work alongside the second female Dean of Engineering at Stanford University. While working at Stanford, she continued her involvement with Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity and became a founding member of the international Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the fraternity. This involvement led her to pursue her Master’s in Education, with a focus in higher education and social justice, from Boston University.
At the end of 2019, Kamryn moved to Seattle and briefly worked in marketing at the University of Washington before transitioning to her most recent role as an academic advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences. While working for the University of Washington, Kamryn was appointed as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for Alpha Gamma Delta and co-founded an educational consulting team that focuses on anti-oppression curriculum and implementing strategic disruption for sorority and fraternity organizations.
Kamryn was introduced to the GSBA through her involvement as a scholarship interview volunteer two years ago and has been smitten with the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund's mission and vision ever since. She feels that her position as Scholarship & Education Program Manager combines her life’s work as a volunteer, advocate, and activist with her professional work as an educator, advisor, and program manager in a way she didn’t know possible. Throughout her life she’s held the belief that education equals opportunity and Kamryn feels honored to serve the LGBTQIA+ community through this role, understanding that our community has long been underserved in regards to education. She is particularly excited about creating more opportunities for leadership and storytelling skills-building, shaping the scholar alumni network, and increasing non-traditional education/career pathway visibility to the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole.
Outside of work, Kamryn volunteers as a kitchen lead at Teen Feed, a Seattle-based food service provider for unsheltered youth, and hosts a meal team bi-monthly with her wife. She enjoys writing and is a published poet with work featured in The Lavender Review and Rat’s Ass Review. When not working or volunteering you can find Kamryn at the theatre enjoying a performance or at home trying a new recipe. If you'd like to connect with Kamryn and share ideas to benefit GSBA Scholars, contact her here!