Kris Palmer

Kris Palmer is a consultant to philanthropic and educational institutions with a longstanding commitment to poverty alleviation. As a former program officer at the Hewlett Foundation, Kris made $8 million in grants annually for the Regional Grants Program to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Central Valley. She served as the Chair of the Evaluation Committee of the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative, a group of 16 local funders and the California State Employment Development Department making $2 million in grants annually for allied health and biotechnology-related workforce development initiatives.

As Interim Executive Director for the Bay Area Video Coalition, a digital media production facility and training provider for industry, independent artists, disadvantaged adults and youth, she helped the organization raise funds and improve internal systems. With the Center for Community Change, Kris assisted California Central Valley organizations improve economic and workforce strategies in the health sector. She co-authored the US Housing and Urban Development-published study: Strengthening Rural Economies: Programs that Target Promising Sectors of a Local Economy. Kris addressed international political and economic development problems with the Christian Children's Fund in Colombia, the United States Agency for International Development in Jamaica, and with the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Algeria, Egypt, France, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jordan, Sudan, and in the US.

Kris earned a Master's Degree in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University.
Kris Palmer, Director of Program Development