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Legal & Public Policy Programs Manager

Kileen LindgrenLegal & Public Policy Programs Manager

Kileen Lindgren has dedicated her career to defending individual rights in capitals, courts, and communities around the country.

As Legal & Public Policy Programs Manager at the Center for the Rights of Abused Children, Kileen helps establish constitutional rights for kids, promotes transparency and accountability in the foster care system, and educates the foster care and legal communities about effective advocacy for abused children.

Prior to joining the Center for the Rights of Abused Children, Kileen served as Legal Programs Manager for the Goldwater Institute, where she helped clients fight back against government abuse, trained pro bono legal centers, and managed a national pro bono program of attorneys dedicated to defending individual liberty. Before that, she managed the Institute for Justice’s Arizona Office, where she conducted legislative affairs and supported groundbreaking constitutional cases promoting free speech, property rights, economic liberty, and school choice.

Her passion for public policy reform and promoting individual liberty began at a young age, watching her parents shoulder burdensome regulations as hardworking small-business owners in rural Minnesota. Now every day, she gets to put this passion to work on behalf of children and families in the foster care system.

Kileen serves on the board of the Phoenix Federalist Society and volunteers at her church and neighborhood dog rescue. On the weekends, you can find her trying new recipes, reading mysteries, or exploring new hiking trails.

Kileen holds a bachelor’s degree for double majors in both Fine Art and History from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul, and always has a painting or drawing in the works.