Before joining Illustrative Mathematics as Vice President for Content, Kristin Umland was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico. She has worked in both mathematics research, in the area of algebraic topology, and mathematics education at the local, state, and national level, seeking to improve the mathematical education of pre-service and in service elementary and secondary teachers. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.