People

Kerri Kleven

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Kerri has been with the NoVo Foundation for over ten years. She directs all aspects of the foundation’s grants administration and oversees NoVo’s grants administration team.  

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. She 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.

In other previous roles, she served as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer with the Human Rights Documentation Exchange in Austin, Texas, and later went on to serve as an employee. She also served 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 lives with her family in the Hudson Valley where they are pursuing a quieter life more deeply connected to the land.

“Raise your words, not your voice, it is rain that grows flowers, not the thunder.” – Rumi