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NYS Catholic Conference Names Kristen Curran Director of Government Relations

Kristen Curran has worked as a lobbyist for nine years prior to her appointment at the NYSCC. (Photo: Courtesy of NYSCC)

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — The New York State Catholic Conference (NYSCC) has appointed Kristen Curran to serve as its new director of government relations — a crucial post for the Albany-based conference, which represents the bishops of New York State in public policy matters.

Curran, who has experience as an Albany lobbyist and government affairs professional, will represent the interests of the NYSCC before the State Legislature on a broad range of public policy issues.

“Kristen brings a wealth of talent, experience, and established relationships to this position, and possesses a deep understanding and appreciation for the breadth of Catholic social and moral teachings,” said NYSCC Executive Director Dennis Poust.

“We couldn’t be happier to have her advocating for the bishops’ public policy priorities at the state capitol,” Poust added.

“The work of the Catholic Church enriches our communities and lifts up those in need,” said Curran, who begins her new job on Jan. 1. “I’m looking forward to advancing these initiatives so that the church may serve New Yorkers more effectively and continue to be a voice for the voiceless.”

Curran was born and raised in Albany and is a product of Catholic school. She is a graduate of Siena College and earned a law degree from Albany Law School. She is admitted to practice in the Third Department of New York State, which covers the upstate region.

She lives in Albany with her husband, James, and their three children — Colleen, Clare, and Jack. They are parishioners of St. Pius X Church in Loudonville.