Kristin Windbigler currently serves as the Executive Director of the Western Folklife Center. In that role, she is responsible for establishing the vision for this mission-driven arts and culture organization that produces the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering that attracts several thousand visitors to Elko every year and provides year-round education and entertainment programs. Prior to joining the Western Folklife Center, Kristin founded and launched a volunteer-based translation program for TED Conferences. Through her role as Director, the program grew to 30,000 volunteers in 155 countries, with more than 100,000 translations in 115+ languages to help TED fulfill its mission to become a global exchange of ideas through its popular TED Talks videos. Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Chico.