Kristi Burnham

Kristi Burnham
Vice President Community Engagement
U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Kristi Burnham

Sigombeni, Swaziland

Kristi Burnham serves as the Vice President of Community Engagement at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she oversees 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 includes 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 has 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 End Trafficking Project, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children.
  • The Advocacy and Engagement 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, UNICEF Kid Power, and others. 

Ms. Burnham joined the U. S. Fund for UNICEF 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 fund 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 community-focused 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, and volunteer management.  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.

December 2016