What I Do
Consultation and interim leadership in operations, finance, and program management.
Provide consistent leadership during staffing transitions and gaps.
Bringing knowledge of organizational dynamics and systems, operations skills and management savvy, I keep the wheels turning during expected and unexpected times of change. I help organizations do the work needed to position their future leaders and managers for success.
Lead short term projects focused on strategic operations and finance.
I tune up the systems, fortify infrastructure, and plot the measures that will empower organizational growth. I document and develop the procedures and policies that keep organizations in compliance and keep teamwork running smoothly. I bring teams together to design and deliver on key projects.
Teaching and Training
Build financial fluency and skills for project design and nonprofit management.
Whether I'm the instuctor in a formal classroom or have the opportunity to provide coaching and technical assistance to a partner, I bring a learning orientation to all of my work. In particular, I enjoy helping build the skills of people who don't have formal accounting, finance, or operations training to become more fluent in key concepts and practices.
Who I Am
I'm on a mission to move organizations from vision to reality.
I am a systems specialist whose passion is solving the complex problems that hold organizations back. I work with small and medium-sized organizations in-transition; helping them identify the roadblocks that have impeded progress, build new systems to support advancement, and move beyond putting out fires to planning for the road ahead.
I led finance, operations, and programs at Women’s Funding Alliance for over nine years, most recently as the Associate Director. I oversaw grantmaking and community engagement programs, as well as financial management and accounting for the organization. Prior to Women’s Funding Alliance, I managed the Business Development Center at UW Bothell, where I provided consultation to small business owners and linked business students with consulting projects. I completed the MBA program at University of Washington, and have been teaching in the UW fundraising and nonprofit management certificate programs for seven years.
I serve on the board of directors of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint, and on the finance committee of Splash. With my family, I enjoy travel in our corner of the world and far beyond, and being a host to exchange students in Seattle.
Clients and projects
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Served as Interim Senior Program Officer, managing the Foundation's community grants programs. Worked with senior leadership to develop staffing plans and recruit new program team members. Provided consultation on the development of a comprehensive procedures handbook for a first of its kind social and emotional learning program.
Kristen has been an invaluable asset to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation serving in an interim role. She was able to "parachute in" midstream and because of her experience in project management the transition has been seamless. She quickly built relationships with stakeholders inside and outside of the organization, provided technical assistance, provided robust trend analysis to our communications team and delivered every project milestone. She has enabled us to navigate an interim situation without it feeling as if it is just temporary. Instead it is a true transitional bridge from one phase to another.
-Gina Anstey, Vice President Grants and Initiatives, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Kristen brings thoughtful leadership and clarity when she works with organizations and individuals, which I’ve seen in both the classroom and the board room. I’ve seen her work with students to provide the fundamentals of nonprofit finance and with board members to build understanding of and consensus on key strategy and budget issues.
-Dawn Rains, Former President, Women's Funding Alliance Board of Directors; Instructor, UW Certificate of Fundraising Management
When Kristen filled an interim COO role two things stood out: how quickly she got up to speed and provided value and leadership on current operational priorities; and her ability to identify gaps and improve systems and processes. She’s a team player and has been a valuable resource.
-Daniel Pitasky, Executive Director Schultz Family Foundation