Kristin Strohm– President
Kristin Strohm is the President of the Starboard Group. She co-founded the company with Katie Behnke in 2009. Behnke now serves as the Finance Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The Starboard Group is widely regarded as one of the most influential Republican, business, and right-of-center fundraising consulting firms in the United States, boasting a large portfolio of clients, including Congressional, Senatorial, Presidential, non-profit and statewide ballot initiative campaigns.
Most recently during the 2016, 2014 and 2012 election cycles, Strohm served as the lead finance consultant for Congressman Mike Coffman’s campaign, a race widely viewed as among the most competitive in the nation. The firm also consulted for the National Republican Campaign Committee, the National Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Republican National Committee, the Colorado GOP and various state and local ballot initiatives.
In 2010, Kristin helped found the Common Sense Policy Roundtable, a non-profit, free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion Colorado’s economy. In 2011, Kristin co-founded Coloradans for Freedom, an organization dedicated to building support among conservatives for the passage of civil union legislation.
Kristin serves on the board of the Strohm-Link Family Foundation. She is a past two-term board chair and was a six-year board member of the Women’s Bean Project, an organization dedicated to helping lift women out of poverty and unemployment. In 2015, she joined the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board of the Denver Area Council, where she is serves as the chairwoman of the 2017 and 2018 fundraising marquee Sports Breakfast event. She also serves on the University of Denver Barton Institute Advisory Board. In addition, in 2017, she joined the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Coe College, where she also founded the Tri Delta Leadership Scholarship.
In 2013, Kristin received the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, which recognized her as one of Denver’s young, dynamic, up-and-coming leaders under age 40. She is also honored to be part of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network’s founding class. She received the Ally Award from the pro-LGTBQ organization One Colorado in 2016 in recognition of her determined push to gain greater support for gay rights among Republicans. And in 2018, she was honored by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as of the the Top 25 Most Powerful Women.
Kristin studied history and Spanish at Coe College, where in addition to being a Rhodes Scholar state of Iowa nominee, she was president of her sorority and student body president. In 2009, Kristin obtained her M.B.A. from the University of Denver.
Kristin is married to Josh Penry. She and Josh currently make their home in the Denver-area with their four children, Chase, Emme, and twins Sophie and Caroline as well as their Bernese Mountain Dog, Papi.