Kristell is a 2017 Minnesota Council on Foundations' Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow and is part of the Community Innovation Team at the Bush Foundation. She also works as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits on intersectional racial equity & inclusion and community-led work.

Kristell holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from St. Olaf College. Most recently, she worked as a New Sector Alliance Fellow and later as the Racial Equity Project Manager at Northside Funders Group where she led and created a racial equity framework and toolkit. As a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, Kristell focused her research on Afro-Mexican rights. She spent a year volunteering for International Roma Rights in Hungary.