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Kirsten Russell

Director, Community Investment
Community Investment

(941) 556-7158

What Kirsten does at the Foundation

Kirsten is the Director of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Working with the Senior Vice President of Community Investment, she focuses on the Foundation’s two-generation initiative, creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable children and their parents together. A key component of this work is the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national effort to ensure that all children read on grade-level by the end of grade three. Her passion for this works stems from her belief that all children can succeed if given the opportunity. 

Kirsten earned an MBA from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Drew University. She was an initiative consultant for the Foundation for several years before joining the staff in December of 2017. Kirsten has a diverse professional background including being a vice president of client development for a Fortune 500 firm and the publisher of a local business magazine.

When Kirsten’s Not Working

Kirsten enjoys a challenge and finds them around every corner –  training and competing in the Savage Race,  testing her green thumb with new flowers and plants in her garden, or mastering a new recipe in the kitchen. 

  • Year Kirsten began consulting at CFSC: 2014
  • Raised in Syracuse, NY
  • Released over 50 monarch butterflies this year and hundreds over the last few years
  • Hopes to someday eat her way through Italy with her family
  • Join Kirsten on Twitter: @KRussellSRQ


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