Kristi Burnham

Kristi Burnham is Vice President, Community Engagement at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Kristi Burnham

Sigombeni, Swaziland

Kristi Burnham serves as Vice President, Community Engagement, where she oversees youth and adult grassroots mobilization activities. These responsibilities enable the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to educate constituents in the United States about the issues affecting children and their families across the world and inspire them to take action in their communities on behalf of UNICEF.

Ms. Burnham’s work supports the Strategic Plan goals in that she leads the strategy for building a movement to engage the American public to become global citizens and take action for UNICEF. This includes strategy development, metrics, and focus areas of the grassroots, donor and partner engagement and advocacy work. She works with the Community Engagement teams—Education, Civil Society Partnerships, Volunteer and Community Partnerships, Global Citizenship Fellow Program, and End Trafficking—to execute the community mobilization elements of the plan. Ms. Burnham worked closely for many years with Key Club International and Circle K International prior to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Kiwanis partnership on the Eliminate Project, where she served in a leadership position. She has led partner visits to countries such as Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Uruguay.

Ms. Burnham previously served as the Director of Volunteer and Community Partnerships, where she developed programs and activities for tens of thousands of registered volunteers, including the UNICEF Campus Initiative and various grassroots partnerships. These initiatives resulted in increased awareness of UNICEF programs and community engagement. Prior to this role, she was Deputy Director of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and before that was a grassroots regional manager. She joined the U. S. Fund for UNICEF in 1999.

Ms. Burnham has also held community-focused positions at the University of Georgia, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Girl Scouts, and Music Midtown. She holds a B.A. in advertising from the University of Georgia and has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, grassroots mobilization, and volunteer management. She is one of only three recipients of the Honorary Key Club Member award from Kiwanis International.

December 2012