Krista Painter has been involved with the world of accounting for most of her working life. Prior to retiring in October 2017, she worked for almost 40 years for the Department of Defense. She was also involved as a volunteer for several nonprofit agencies, particularly those dealing with homelessness.
One of Krista’s favorite things to do is to organize chaos. She always looks for ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the organizations for which she has worked. Before joining 501 Commons and prior to her retirement, Krista worked at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California as the Director of Accounting. She also worked as the Finance and Accounting Officer for Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. Her career has also taken her to Sicily, Italy, Germany (Ramstein), Washington, DC, and several places in California. These locations provided Krista ample opportunities to practice accounting analysis and problem resolution.
Krista was born and raised in San Bernardino, California, sixty miles east of Los Angeles. The first time she lived outside of California was when she went to Sicily for four years. She has lived off and on in Seattle since 2007. She currently lives with her only daughter, a dog, and a cat in southwest Seattle. Her daughter has established a photography business, in which Krista has been assisting her in this endeavor by providing financial setup and record-keeping services.
Krista loves to travel and learn about other cultures and customs. She loves to cook and try new recipes. She is passionate about being an advocate for social change within businesses, our community, country, and the world. She continually looks for opportunities to help people in transition and those who are marginalized. Krista has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Redlands and a MBA with an Accounting emphasis from National University, San Diego.
Fun Fact: Krista was a wild child in her youth. She once hitchhiked 500 miles to San Francisco with a friend. She was also a cheerleader for a Pop Warner football team for several years during grammar school.