Kristi Arellano

Managing Director of Marketing and Communications

I Do This Work Because

Health and health policy underlie all aspects of our lives. Good health ensures people can prosper in other areas of their lives, and being able to support that by ensuring health policy is backed by sound data and deep analysis is a way of making a difference in our communities.

Favorite Quote

"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can." — Frida Kahlo

Kristi Arellano joined the Colorado Health Institute as Managing Director of Marketing and Communications in October 2019. She leads a team of writers, editors, and designers focused on positioning CHI and ensuring its work is clear, concise, and visually compelling.

Before joining CHI, Kristi served as Director of Communications for the Boettcher Foundation, a $300-million philanthropic foundation whose funding priorities include college scholarships and biomedical research. As the foundation’s first communications director, Kristi led a rebranding effort to reposition the foundation for increased impact and launched several new communications channels, including an alumni engagement effort. Prior to that, Kristi spent 13 years at The Denver Post in roles ranging from Real Estate Reporter to Business Editor.

Kristi grew up in Pueblo and attended the University of Denver as a Boettcher Scholar. She serves on the board the Dumb Friends League and is a meal delivery driver for Project Angel Heart.

Kristi Arellano on stage at Hot Issues in Health 2022
Kristi Arellano thanks sponsors during her closing remarks at the 2022 Hot Issues in Health conference.

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Skills: Strategic communications, branding and positioning, media relations, writing and editing, social media

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