Kristin Duquette

Disability Advocate and Athlete

Kristin Duquette is a 5x American Paralympic Record Holder, former US Team Captain for the 2010 Greek Open, and 3x Junior National Record Holder in swimming. In addition, Kristin completed a 1.2 mile Half Ironman open ocean swim sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Kristin was featured in the adaptive sports documentary Endless Abilities during her training for the London 2012 Paralympic Trials. She is passionate about disability youth, sport and empowerment. Kristin is also a former Goldman Sachs Scholar and began her activism work during her time in college. She is the founder of a disability empowerment college program called A Day in a Wheelchair, promoting disability rights as human rights. With a B.A. in Human Rights from Trinity College, Kristin's summaries of UN disability policy have been archived in the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Kristin is affiliated with the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and the Clinton Global Initiative.In addition, Kristin attended the One Young World Youth Summit in 2013 to promote A Day in a Wheelchair and meet other global change-makers. Kristin was named the 2014 Disability Mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University and continues to promote disability rights as human rights. Kristin completed a Nonprofit Management Graduate Certification from Harvard University and worked inside the Obama Administration from 2015-2017. She now serves as a Commissioner to the Multimodal Accessibility Council for Washington, DC.