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Kristen Summers

As a Grants Management professional for five years, Kristen appreciates streamlined systems with an equity focus. She knows that grantmaking need not be overly complicated to achieve impact. Kristen is always asking her colleagues, “How are we going to use this data that we’re collecting?” and striving for increased knowledge sharing throughout the community.

As part of her Senior Grants Manager role at Saint Luke’s Foundation, Kristen enhances Saint Luke’s community-centric work with technological solutions and is currently implementing a digital community engagement platform that will serve about 70,000 residents across three neighborhoods in Cleveland. Kristen is a long-standing member and proponent of PEAK Grantmaking and has served in a leadership capacity of the PEAK Mideast Chapter since 2018.

Prior to working in philanthropy, Kristen worked in the international education field, both directing a small English-as-a-second-language school and leading a team in the international admissions department at a large public university, where she recruited international students and processed their applications. She also spent considerable time volunteering in animal rescue and honing her grant writing skills, which served as the catalyzing force to work in the nonprofit sector.

Kristen earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French Translation from Kent State University. While not working, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and energetic toddler, hiking the many beautiful trails in Ohio, or just putting her organizational skills to the test inside her home.