Kristee Watson has lived in Las Vegas since she was 11 years old. Kristee’s parents worked in the entertainment industry and were attracted to Las Vegas because of the booming entertainment scene. They also took advantage of Nevada’s business friendly climate and built a successful, family-run small business. Kristee grew up attending Nevada public schools, including Bartlett Elementary School, Greenspun Junior High, and Green Valley High School, right in Senate District 5.
After high school, Kristee attended Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, CA, where she received her Degree in Psychology. Following college, Kristee came back to Las Vegas to work at her family’s small business, Stagewrite Publishing, as the company’s Advertising Manager.
Kristee went on to work in the financial sector earning her stock broker’s license as a banker with Wells Fargo. When Nevada was hit by the Great Recession, Kristee left her job with Wells Fargo to return to work at the family business. She used the expertise she developed during her time in finance to help shepherd the company through the economic downturn.
After becoming a mom, Kristee realized that Nevada schools were not providing students the same opportunities she received during her time in our public schools. Kristee wanted to help improve our local schools and ensure that all of our students had access to the same high quality education that she did. Kristee ultimately achieved this goal by going to work for Spread the Word Nevada, where she currently works as a Program Facilitator. Spread the Word Nevada is a literacy nonprofit that partners with 62 Title I schools in the state to distribute 60,000 donated books each month.
In addition to her work with Spread the Word Nevada, Kristee is an active member of the community. She volunteers her time with the PTA at her children’s school and is a member of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization aimed at passing common sense legislation to end gun violence in our country. She attends Rock Church.
Kristee is married to her high school sweetheart, Tyler. They have two children, daughter Harper and son Henry, and have previously been foster parents. They’re proud to be raising their children in a community they love that has afforded them opportunities they want to make available to every Nevadan.