Kristen Y.

Master's DegreeCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies

United States


• Development professional with track record of obtaining major awards. I've secured six- and seven-figure awards from U.S.-based and international funders, creating successful appeals to funders such as Adobe, Bank of America, Bechtel, FEMA, Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Packard Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Swiss Reinsurance, United Nations Development Programme, USAID, World Bank, World Health Organization, and Yahoo! Impacts include achieving a 230% increase in contributed income over two years for a social services client, despite federal spending cuts. • Communications strategist helping organizations tell compelling impact stories. I've led rebranding campaigns in print and digital media, and collaborated with C-level executives on presentations, speeches, Op-Eds, pitch decks, white papers and more. I have often worked at the interface between technical experts and lay audiences, communicating complex concepts and why they matter in lucid, accessible and persuasive prose. • Strategic partner to organizations seeking to grow their impact and visibility. I've partnered with organizations at inflection points (such as leadership transitions, mission or program shifts, and adaptation to changing market conditions) to identify key assets and competencies needed to thrive. Co-designed activities have included defining mission impact and revenue criteria for future program areas, and iterative approaches to strategic planning. • Program design specialist. I've created outreach arts programs for homeless and at-risk youth, and a "healing through writing" curriculum for people living with cancer. I established a discipline-specific program in critical thinking and analytic writing for Chemical Engineering students at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


  • development
  • tertiary education
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • youth
  • banking system
  • oak foundation
  • macarthur foundation
  • georgia
  • united states
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries

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