Kristina Karlsson

As the Senior Research Associate for the Climate and Economic Transformation program at the Roosevelt Institute, Kristina Karlsson supports the think tank’s work on climate, public power, and the ways that government can catalyze large-scale economic change. In her role, Kris conducts in-depth research and provides project management support within and across teams. She previously held internships with Jeunesse and Development in Dakar, Senegal, where she provided operational support for scout-based youth enrichment programs, as well as the CDR Fundraising group, where she provided analytical support to nonprofit clients including UNHCR and American Red Cross. Prior to joining Roosevelt, she worked as a project manager for Third Bridge, a primary research firm that provides market insights to Big Four consulting firm clients. Kris earned a BA in economics and francophone studies from Bowdoin College. Follow her on Twitter at @karlsson_kris.

Kristina Karlsson in the News

Corporations Should Invest in Workers—Not Just Shareholders, Equal Times

By mid-May, COVID-19 had killed more Americans than the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War combined. The magnitude of this pandemic—and its disproportionately deadly assault on Black communities—is astounding. In Mississippi, Black Americans account for 38 percent of the population and 66 percent of COVID-19 related deaths. In Michigan, those figures are

For the first time in our history, the climate crisis and how to combat it is the issue dominating the presidential debate. Many Democratic candidates have released climate proposals that seek to reduce carbon emissions in order to align with recommendations made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Progressives should applaud the collective

Tomorrow at Walmart’s shareholders’ meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart workers will call out America’s broken corporate governance system and propose that Walmart workers be included on its board of directors. Walmart associate Cat Davis will be joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who will speak on behalf of workers’ right to participate in corporate decision-making.

The US economy suffers from a market power problem that has invaded many sectors, including health care, telecommunications, and technology. As firms become more powerful, they are able to profit by taking advantage of other economic stakeholders rather than growing the overall economic pie. Competition as America once knew it—firms working to provide better goods

During a time when Facebook is being used as a tool of genocide and ethnic cleansing, Amazon is striking deals with Apple to put iPhone refurbishers out of business, and Google is manipulating search results to promote its own products, it is still difficult to find a group of experts willing to admit that Big

Corporations today operate according to a model of corporate governance known as “shareholder primacy.” This theory claims that the purpose of a corporation is to generate returns for shareholders, and that decision-making should be focused on a singular goal: maximizing shareholder value. This single-minded focus—which often comes at the expense of investments in workers, innovation,

Introduction On Tuesday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)—one of the nation’s banking regulators—announced that it will allow non-bank financial technology companies (fintechs) to apply for national bank status. This may sound like a plain-vanilla regulatory move, but it is a move in the wrong direction from regulation that would truly protect

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