Kristin Rennels is an advocate and leader in the nonprofit sector with over a decade of experience in fundraising, grant writing, Board management, and event planning. Kristin serves as the Membership and Grants Manager of Asset Funders Network (AFN) where she manages the organization’s grants and helps to identify, develop, and maintain relationships with funders to advance AFN’s mission and impact, and manages the AFN Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) initiative and work.
Previously, Kristin served 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. At NACSA, Kristin led the development and implementation of the organization’s national fundraising strategy focused on expanding and building NACSA’s relationships and partnerships across the country.
Prior to NACSA, Kristin was the Manager of Development and Communications at The Chicago Public Education Fund, where she led a $16-million fundraising campaign to further the organization’s mission to provide all children in Chicago with a world-class education. She also worked for six years at the University of Arizona Foundation as a member of the development and donor services team.
Kristin is also an Instructor at the University of Illinois in Chicago teaching courses in the Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for Inspire Girls Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Service from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ball State University in Indiana.