Kristin Romens has spent the past 20 years advocating for the safety, well-being, and educational opportunities for children. An attorney by training, her professional career has been dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations’ strategy, growth, and learning. She currently serves as the Director of the Pew Fund for The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also serves as a Partner of The Learning Agenda, where she previously served as President and a Senior Consultant focusing on strategy development and implementation, research and program development, and organizational learning. Her greatest joy is bringing data or a fresh perspective that enables a client to see and approach a problem in a new way.
Some highlights from Kristin’s recent client engagements include: facilitating a professional learning community of the New York Life Foundation’s education grantees; developing and facilitating expert advisory boards for BELL, a national nonprofit providing afterschool and summer learning programs; developing communications, operations, and fundraising strategy for Building 21, an innovative high school network; and developing comprehensive strategic plans for several clients, including an LGBTQ advocacy organization and a New York school coalition.
Before joining The Learning Agenda, she served as Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Growth at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she provided oversight and guidance to a network of 325 affiliates in the areas of program strategy and growth, research and evaluation, and professional learning. She set the research agenda and program strategy for the network, which serves almost 200,000 children annually, enabling affiliates to improve program quality at scale. Kristin’s role included grant-making within the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, where she was responsible for selecting, supporting, and convening grantees working on innovative strategies to serve youth.
Kristin also has wide-ranging experience advising nonprofit leaders as a consultant with the Bridgespan Group. At Bridgespan, she worked with nonprofit clients to develop sustainability and growth plans, professional development and performance management frameworks, and replication strategies.
Kristin’s educational background is in the social sciences and law. She holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and began her career as a human rights attorney. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys spending time with her family, barre workouts, and karaoke (yes, really).