Kristen Ruff serves as the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy New York, a trusted community of nearly 300 philanthropic organizations. PNY develops forward-thinking guidance, programming and advocacy to address the unique challenges of philanthropy and convenes funders to strengthen ties across the sector. As a member of the senior leadership team, Kristen helps develop and implement PNY’s strategic priorities and supervises the Member Services, Communications, and Learning Services teams. Kristen provides key support to PNY members and leads the organization’s leadership development programming and training programs for foundation program officers.
Prior to joining Philanthropy New York in 2007, Kristen coordinated the public education and humanitarian aid programs at MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Wellesley College and MPA from NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Kristen has been involved with several organizations as a volunteer, including the United Philanthropy Forum, New York Women's Foundation, Fund the People and Equity in the Center, and serves on the board of NEO Philanthropy.