Kristen Dey grew up in the Fraser Valley just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia nestled between mountains, lush forest, and fertile agricultural land, where she cultivated a love of school, sport, and the outdoors. She received a bachelor of science in geography with a concentration in geomatics from the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island. She has worked on projects that range from mapping salmon biomass in the Great Bear Rainforest to discussing the impacts of hydroelectric dam projects in developing countries. She aspires to become an urban planner with the goal to help communities become more efficient, self-sufficient, and healthy. Kristen lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her partner Andrew and her cat Willow.