Kristi Kimball is the Executive Director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as an independent consultant to a number of education funders and NGOs ngos on projects including strategic planning and advising, monitoring and evaluation, grant-making support and due diligence, advocacy and policy change work, and grantee network facilitation and support. Her recent clients and partners include: Bay Area Council, Collective Invention, Education Counsel, Education First Consulting, Expeditionary Learning, Foundation Center, Gates Foundation, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Kabcenell Foundation, Monitor Institute, National Public Education Support Foundation, and Raikes Foundation.
In 2011, Kristi completed an 8-year term as Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she managed more than $85 million in grants to improve K-12 education in California and nationwide. As part of the foundation’s “Deeper Learning” strategy to ensure that all students acquire the higher-order skills needed for success in college, careers and life, Kristi led the Proof Points portfolio. This included investments in a national network of model schools and districts, research and evaluation, and communications work to raise awareness of the importance and effectiveness of deeper learning for all students.
Earlier in her career, Kristi served in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, in the Education Policy Research Center at the Urban Institute, and in the Education Office of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Kristi Ms. Kimball holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Kristi has served on a number of non-profit boards including: Grantmakers for Education, Envision Education, and California Charter Schools Association, and she was a participant and member of the California Collaborative on District Reform for a number of years.