Kristie Arslan is the President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE). The NASE is a membership organization that represents the interests of America’s smallest businesses – the self-employed and micro-business (fewer than ten employees.) With years of advocating on behalf of micro-businesses nationwide and her own personal experience working for her family’s small business, Arslan provides critical insight into the issues affecting our nation’s smallest entrepreneurs. She works closely with policymakers in Congress and the Administration to advocate for and speak on behalf of this important business demographic. Since assuming her position, Arslan has expanded the visibility and influence of the NASE, ensuring that the self-employed have a seat at the table in Washington D.C. Currently, Arslan serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage and the Small Business Legislative Council. In addition, she is the Chair and founding member of the coalition supporting Equity for Our Nation’s Self-Employed. Arslan has been quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and CQ Weekly while having appeared on MSNBC, FOX, CNBC and C-SPAN. She is also an active blogger on Huffington Post. A New York native, Arslan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and completed an advanced degree, a Masters in Public Administration, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Arslan, and her husband Rich, currently reside in Arlington, Virginia with their two children.