Kris Kieper is the CEO of YWCA Rockford; a position she has held since 2006 following a four year YWCA board commitment. In addition, she is one of six elected Trustees’ on the Village of Winnebago Board of Trustees; she chairs the Police Commission, is a member of the Finance Committee and Administrative Team.
Kris’s experiences encompass government, for-profit, and non-profit leadership. Having began her professional career in the U.S. Army, assigned to Washington, D.C. working in personnel management to a position of Senior Consultant at a Naperville, Illinois philanthropic consulting firm providing major gifts expertise to a wide range of non-profits and privately held foundations, to President/CEO of a national Association, she has achieved a unique look at how non-profits should be evolving to meet today’s economic demands and society’s needs.
An inaugural member of Next Rockford, a Gen-X executives group, Kris served as the first, and thus far only, female president of the grassroots organization. She serves on multiple boards of directors in the community including the OSF Council of Advisors, Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, YWCA USA CEO Advisory Board, and the National Association of YWCA Executives.
Under Kris’s leadership, YWCA Rockford was awarded the 2010 Excelsior Award by the Rockford Register Star and the 2013 YWCA USA Association of Excellence Award in Racial Justice. In addition, Kris has been recognized by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce as the 2011 Woman Business Manager of the Year, and in 2014 as one of the 20 People You Should Know. In 2011, she was honored with the NAACP Jane Adams Award for Social Justice, and in 2012, was selected as one of 40 individuals across the state of Illinois to be inducted into the Edgar Fellows Program at the University of Illinois, Institute for Government and Public Affairs.
Kris has a passion for empowering women and families and strives to promote equity in her community; she believes we can create an inclusive, diverse and empowering community that embraces and values all residents by working together.