Kristen Soares


Kristen Soares is President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICCU), a voice for 75 private, non-profit colleges and universities across California. She is the organization’s first female president and was selected in 2011 after a nationwide search.

With an extensive background in higher education policy, administration, and governmental advocacy, Soares previous positions include Senior Associate Vice President for government relations and civic engagement at the University of Southern California (USC), where she provided strategic direction and leadership for USC’s government relations offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.  An expert in communications, she is credited with creating partnerships with policymakers, community leaders, faculty, staff and students in support of the university’s engagement priorities.

Soares currently serves on the California Education Round Table, the California Intersegmental Coordinating Council and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives Council as an Executive Committee member.