Kristi Burnham

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

Kristi Burnham

Sigombeni, Swaziland

Kristi Burnham serves as Vice President, Community Engagement where she leads the strategic plan priority to engage the American public to become global citizens and take action for UNICEF.    

Ms. Burnham’s work includes strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, and development of engagement and advocacy activities for grass roots, donor, and partner constituencies ultimately building a network of informed supporters.  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.  She has led the development of the Global Citizenship Fellow Program, the End Trafficking Project, and led the formation of the advocacy and engagement strategies for grass roots volunteers and supporters.

Ms. Burnham worked closely for many years with Key Club International and Circle K International and 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 previously served as the Director of Volunteer and Community Partnerships where she developed programs and activities 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 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.

October 2015