Pierce Family Foundation

Working with Pierce Family Foundation (PFF) for eight years, Kris is a ‘Grantee Support Specialist’ providing hands-on technical assistance and consulting to PFF’s grantees which are working to prevent homelessness. Considered a valuable team member, she’s contributed to the development of many of PFF’s innovative capacity building programs such as the Peer Skills Share Program.

Kris developed and leads PFF’s Top Talent Institute, now in its seventh year. The Institute is a 10-month leadership program for mid-managers focusing on supervisory skills, peer networking, and leadership styles/theory. Ninety nonprofit leaders have graduated from the Top Talent Institute.

“Thanks to Kris, there is always a waiting list for the Top Talent Institute. Past participants continue to keep in touch and turn to her for advice, sometimes five and six years later. The creation of the Institute was her brainchild, after seeing over and over how little there was in the way of facilitated peer support and training for mid-managers, and yet knowing how essential that was to the development of strong nonprofit leaders. Kris has worked with dozens of our grantees over the years, and in fact is the consultant most frequently requested, not only because of her understanding of nonprofit staffing, talent development and HR issues, but because of her ability to work closely with board and staff on the really critical nuts-and-bolts of what they actually need to do, and how to do it as efficiently as possible.” 
-Marianne Philbin, Executive Director, Pierce Family Foundation

Top Talent Institute Class 2015 Graduates

“I was a participant in the inaugural Top Talent Institute cohort seven years ago.  To this day, I tell anyone who will listen that Top Talent was the most important professional development opportunity I’ve been given and I credit Kris’ expertise for that.  Kris has since been a great mentor and coach due to her wide knowledge base in non-profit management, leadership development, and human resources practices. She is a connector and an advocate for all who are members of her professional network.” 
-Alexis Allegra, Allegra Consulting