Executive Director

Kristin Svyantek Garvey


Kristin Svyantek Garvey became the Executive Director of the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW), in July 2008. Prior to joining ICW, Kristin worked at the International Center of Indianapolis for over nineteen years in several capacities including operations, government relations, information technology, program management and training in cross-cultural awareness, etiquette and protocol. She also worked closely with the U.S. Department of State, coordinating professional itineraries for leaders from over seventy countries.

Kristin was named a Hoosier Fellow by the Randall Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence in 2010. She has also participated in the United Way of Central Indiana’s Executive Women’s Leadership Series, the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis, the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service and the Ardath Burkhart Leadership Program. She currently serves on several advisory boards, including the Office of Women’s Health at the Indiana Department of Health, the Integrating Women Leaders Conference Planning Committee, IU Center for Excellence in Women’s Health, the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network and the Women Like Us Foundation. She is President for the board of directors of the Indiana Council on World Affairs, is co-chair of the United Way’s Leadership Ignited Alumni Group steering committee and serves as Vice President of the board of directors of the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) where she is heading their strategic planning initiative.

Kristin received her M.S. in organizational leadership from Indiana Tech in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She received her B.A. from Butler University in Indianapolis where she graduated cum laude with high departmental honors in French and International Studies with an emphasis on US/Soviet Relations.

Kristin Garvey grew up in Jonesboro, Indiana, a small town in Grant County in northeast Indiana. She has traveled to Belgium, Italy and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Neil, and their two children, John Michael and Cora.  


The ICW board members are appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore, and the Speaker of the House. If you are interested in applying for a board appointment, please visit the Governor's website at: http://www.in.gov/gov/2331.htm for more information.