Kristen Coffey is the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority's Chief Auditor. The Chief Auditor oversees the Division of Internal Audit, which provides KPPA management with independent analysis, appraisals, advice, and recommendations for improving performance and accountability. The Division works to identify risks, evaluate the adequacy of controls for preventing waste and safeguarding assets, and verifies that KPPA is in compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, and regulations.
Ms. Coffey began her career as a Legislative Auditor with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury shortly after graduating from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Psychology. After moving to Kentucky in 2006, Ms. Coffey served as an Auditor with the Office of the Inspector General within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, then entered the private sector as a Senior Auditor for Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. In 2011 she returned to government service, and spent the next seven years as an Internal Auditor with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet before joining the KPPA Internal Audit team as the Director in January 2018.
Ms. Coffey is a member of several professional Associations, including the Institute for Internal Auditors, the Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors, and the Association of Government Accountants. Ms. Coffey has received her certification as a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA).