Kristen J. Molyneaux

Vice President, Social Impact

Kristen is the Vice President of Social Impact and a founding member of Lever for Change, an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She oversees multiple facets of competition and post-competition processes designed to unlock significant capital and help organizations realize their vision.

In this role, Kristen manages key aspects of Lever for Change’s competitions, learning agenda, and the Bold Solutions Network. Kristen also oversees MacArthur Foundation’s $100 million investment in Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee and its $15 million investment in NEST 360.

Kristen was previously the Senior Program Officer for MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change initiative, a competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve a critical problem of our time. In this role, Kristen co-developed, designed, and launched the inaugural 100&Change competition.

Kristen currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Finance and Investment Committee for the Comparative International Education Society (CIES). She is a founding Board Member and Treasurer for Spread the Word. Kristen also serves on the Executive Committee for MSI’s Scaling-Up Community of Practice and is a member of the Funders Coordinating Committee for the NEST 360 program.

Kristen joined the MacArthur Foundation in 2013 as a Program Officer in the Girls' Secondary Education (GSE) in Developing Countries program where she oversaw the strategic trajectory of the portfolio and played a critical leadership role in forming the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) donor collaborative. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a Program Officer at the Firelight Foundation leading the organization’s investments in early childhood and primary education. Kristen was also a post-doctoral research fellow at Florida State University where she taught graduate courses and published articles on the importance of role models for young women interested in pursuing STEM-related careers.

Kristen obtained her B.S. degree from State University of New York at Oswego and M.S. from Florida State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies—Comparative International Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kristen served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda and Cape Verde.

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