Kristi Burnham, Vice President Professional Learning and Leadership Development
Kristi Burnham currently serves as UNICEF USA’s Vice President of Professional Learning and Leadership Development. She was recently appointed to this position, where she oversees the organization’s professional learning and leadership development offerings, including but not limited to creating training opportunities and tracks for employees at various stages of their career for all staff across the country. With an aim to retain, develop and advance employees, and working in conjunction with Human Resources staff, she supports employee development journeys which could include peer to peer mentorship and coaching and reflection.
For seven years prior, Ms. Burnham served as the Vice President of Community Engagement at UNICEF USA where she oversaw programs designed to engage the American public in global citizenship activities that increase awareness about the issues affecting children across the world and inspire local action in support of UNICEF’s global work.
Ms. Burnham’s work included strategy development, monitoring, evaluation, and development of engagement and advocacy activities for grass roots, donor, and partner constituencies building a network of informed supporters and future donors. She led the development of:
- The Global Citizenship Fellow Program which prepares each class of diverse, committed, and globally minded individuals for effective leadership in public service. Fellows work to inspire their communities to take action for the world’s children through engaging local groups and cultivating awareness. The Fellowship was named one of the top ten most popular fellowships along with Fulbright, Rotary and others.
- The End Trafficking Project, UNICEF USA’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children.
- Advocacy strategies to influence public policy and legislative action for the survival, protection, and development of the world's children for grass roots volunteers supporting Congressional Action Team members’ long-lasting relationships with their legislators.
- Engagement programs and events which mobilize high school, college-aged, and adult supporters through in-person and virtual volunteer experiences, including summits, hill days, online challenges, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the UNICEF Tap Project, UNICEF Kid Power, and others.
Ms. Burnham joined the UNICEF USA in 1999. She worked closely for many years with Key Club International and Circle K International on several campaigns including Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and campaigns to raise funds for UNICEF’s work with HIV and AIDS, clean water, education, and child protection. She served in a leadership position on the team that won the Kiwanis partnership called The ELIMINATE Project, a $110 million dollar effort to eliminate Maternal and Neo-natal Tetanus. She has led partner field visits to Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Uruguay.
Ms. Burnham has also held positions at the University of Georgia, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and Music Midtown. She holds a B. A. in advertising from the University of Georgia and has more than 25 years of experience in fund-raising, grassroots mobilization, volunteer management, and creating professional development offerings. She has successfully completed many leadership courses including Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program and Leading the Strategy. She is one of only three recipients of the Honorary Key Club Member award from Key Club International.