krista schwartz

Krista Schwartz


Organizes and shares information and resources with others and keeps teams and projects on track

  • Thirty years of experience in the fields of architecture, construction, and real estate sales
  • Former nonprofit professional and developer of affordable homes and healthy communities
  • Scottsdale Leadership Alumni (Class 37)

Krista Schwartz serves as the Project Manager for Blue Zones Project Scottsdale. Prior to joining Blue Zones, she spent 15 years in the nonprofit sector where she wrote grants, managed real estate development projects, and implemented homeownership programs for low to moderate-income homebuyers. She is a registered architect, licensed real estate broker, and former general contractor. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, she designed, built, and sold homes as a self-employed homebuilder. Krista’s passion for sharing information and resources with others led her to serve on the boards of the Autism Community in Action (TACA), the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), and Notre Dame Preparatory High School.

Combining her gifts of organization and resourcefulness, her passion for health and well-being, and her values of community and collaboration, Krista is thrilled to find her calling with Blue Zones Project Scottsdale. She looks forward to empowering residents to live better, longer in the community where she grew up and raised her family.

Krista originally hails from Minnesota, but has lived in Arizona since 1973. She attended Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Design and a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Planning. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, traveling, snow skiing, and spending time with family. She is happily married to Steve and is the proud mother of Steven and Jacob.




What’s your mantra or favorite famous quote?

“Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.” – James Clear

How do you downshift?

Travel is an essential part of my life and an opportunity to downshift and step away from day-to-day routines and responsibilities. I am always looking forward to my next international adventure. I also enjoy shorter, more frequent trips to the White Mountains, where I can escape the desert heat in the summer, see the leaves change color in the fall, and ski in the winter.

What is your favorite Power 9 principle and why?

Loved Ones First is my favorite because my family means the world to me. However, now that my husband and I are empty nesters, we’re really enjoying Wine at Five and more opportunities to get together with our Positive Pack.

Share a life hack!

My ultimate life hack was marrying someone who likes to cook. It has saved me a lot of time over the years. All joking aside, I eat salad most days for lunch and utilize meal planning and prepping to save time. By chopping everything in advance and layering the ingredients into individual mason jars, I can create several days worth of grab and go options. I also like to make my own salad dressings using olive oil and a variety of flavored balsamic vinegars.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I am not a big risk-taker, but over the years my husband has managed to talk me into skiing double black diamond runs, scuba diving with sharks, and racing my old Porsche 914 at Phoenix International Raceway.