Kristi Coldwell is the Senior Advisor for Transplant Research Advocacy at the Transplant Research Foundation of BC. Having undergone a heart transplant as a teenager due to congenital heart disease, Kristi is acutely aware of the role research plays in improving outcomes and enhancing quality of life for recipients.

She is passionate about making the world of research accessible for patients, caregivers and donors and believes they have an important role in shaping and informing research to ensure it is meaningful and accountable to all stakeholders. In her role at TRF, Kristi works to bridge the divide that can often prevent patients, families, and donors (PFD) from taking an active role in research and being engaged in the research process.

Prior to joining TRF, Kristi worked as a child life specialist addressing the psychosocial issues and development needs of children and adolescents dealing with life-limiting and chronic health conditions.

Besides Disneyland, her happiest place on earth is Granville Island, where you will often find her with her little dogs.