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Kerri Kleven

Kerri_2_4678Kerri directs all aspects of NoVo’s grants administration, in addition to managing the grants portfolio of the Initiative for Local Living Economies. Prior to joining NoVo, Kerri was Manager of Philanthropic Services at RSF Social Finance, where she oversaw domestic and international grantmaking in areas focused on food and agriculture, education and the arts, and ecological stewardship. Kerri has also worked on a variety of socio-economic rights-related projects, including with the Global Development Initiative in Cacha, Ecuador, where she focused on a micro-credit project to revitalize investment within local indigenous communities. She was  also a research assistant at the Center for Urban & Regional Affairs, where she concentrated on the “Adolescent Girls to Aging Women Project”, a needs-based assessment of community-based programs assisting girls and women in under-served communities. In other previous roles, Kerri served as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer with the Human Rights Documentation Exchange in Austin, Texas, as well as an Upper Midwest International Human Rights Fellow with the MN Advocates for Human Rights Child Survival Project in Mexico and the U.S.

Kerri holds a B.A. from Northern Arizona University, and a MPA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, with a concentration in Women & Public Policy & International Relations. Kerri spends most of her free time exploring new and familiar places—both far and near—never without a camera in hand.