Kristin Rennels

Kristin Rennels has over a decade of nonprofit and fundraising experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from universities to small, community-based nonprofits. She has extensive experience in fundraising, Board management, event planning, donor relations, and grant writing.

Kristin currently serves as the Director of Development, Growth, and Strategic Partnerships for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), a nonprofit organization committed to improving quality educational opportunities for children by advancing excellence and accountability among charter schools. At NACSA, Kristin leads the development and implementation of the organization’s national fundraising strategy focused on expanding NACSA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.

Prior to joining NACSA, Kristin was the Manager of Development and Communications at The Chicago Public Education Fund, where she led the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. In her role there, she managed a $16-million fundraising campaign to further the organization’s mission to provide all children in Chicago with a world-class education.

Kristin joined The Fund after two years in graduate school, where she conducted research on education reform and advocacy, with a focus on Chicago Public Schools. Her final graduate research project examined the impact of charter schools on public education in Chicago by looking at the performance outcomes of students at both traditional and charter high schools.

Prior to graduate school, Kristin worked at University of Arizona Foundation as a member of the development and donor services team. As the Assistant Director of Scholarship Stewardship, she focused on building and maintaining relationships with individual donors, community organizations, and foundations interested in supporting student scholarships.

Kristin earned a master’s degree in Public Service from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University in Indiana. She lives in Chicago and enjoys spending her time traveling, watching the Cubs and Blackhawks, and visiting her family in Indiana.

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