Kristen Ruff

Kristen serves as the Senior Vice President of Member Services at Philanthropy New York. She works with PNY’s executive team to create and implement the organization’s member engagement strategy; provides key support to PNY members through professional peer networks, membership-related initiatives and member research; leads our leadership development programming for young professionals; and coordinates the organization’s knowledge-management work, for which she serves on the Knowledge Management Committee for the national regional association Knowledge Management Initiative. Prior to joining Philanthropy New York in 2007, Kristen coordinated the public education and humanitarian aid programs at MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Wellesley College. While at Wellesley, she was a National Science Foundation Research Assistant at the Center for Research on Women, focusing on an evaluation of a collaborative higher education support program for lower-income women in the greater Boston area. Kristen has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad, currently serving on the New York Women’s Foundation’s Grants Advisory Committee.



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