SOGI Initiative

Pawley Hall, Room 470G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4614

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2015 Conference

Keynote Speaker:
Kris Hermanns, Executive Director 
Pride Foundation

Keynote Address Title

The Next Frontier: Ensuring Safe Schools for all LGBTQ Students

Kris Hermanns is the executive director of Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation committed to inspiring giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families across the Northwest.

Kris has twenty years of experience and expertise as a strategist, fundraiser, and nonprofit executive. Before joining Pride Foundation, Kris was the deputy director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Prior to that, she served as a program officer with The Rhode Island Foundation. Kris also worked as associate director for Brown University’s Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service. In addition to her professional work, Kris served on the board of directors of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and is a Green Bay Packers shareholder.

Kris earned a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.