20 Under 40: Kristen Bartels

Business Development Manager and Founding Partner, Team Recycle

Community Engagement Coordinator, Relief Nursery

Age: 32

Kristen Bartels is a founding partner at Team Recycle, a local recycling consulting firm responsible for recovering hundreds of thousands of pounds of recyclable and toxic materials over the past five years. Kristen is also the community engagement coordinator at Relief Nursery, a local child abuse and neglect prevention agency that serves over 1,000 high-risk, low-income families in the community each year.

She is involved in a number of civic and professional service organizations: the Young Professional Summit Steering Committee for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Rotary’s Youth Services Committee. She actively participates in United Way’s Emerging Leaders, Relief Nursery’s Leadership Board, and Relief Nursery’s Community Relations Committee. Kristen is currently participating in Leadership Eugene Springfield through the joint chambers of commerce, and volunteers for a number of civic service organizations, including FOOD for Lane County. She previously served as a 2018/19 District 5110 Rotaract Steering Committee member and communications chair for Lane County Rotaract, helping raise money for the Eugene Mission’s wing for mothers and babies. She attended the 2019 International Rotary Summit as a District 5110 representative and was a senior counselor at the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.