Director, Fiscal & Business Operations
Kristi Kappes is responsible for financial, HR and office operations for the organization. Kristi joined CFA in 2016 from the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she spent five years as program manager of Cronkite Global and the Hubert H. Humphrey Program. In that role she was responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the Cronkite Global offices including hosting international journalists, developing grant proposals, and coordinating all aspects of the Humphrey Fellowship Program—an initiative of the U.S. State Department. Kristi joined the Cronkite Global team after serving as program manager for the Cronkite School’s $7.5 million Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, a program in which top journalism students from across the country produce investigative, multimedia projects in partnership with The Washington Post, NBC News and other major national news organizations. She previously worked at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, where she was a senior accountant handling grants and budgets, and at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, where she was named Support Staffer of the Year. Before moving into higher education, Kristi was project manager with the Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation near Omaha, Nebraska. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. She received her bachelor’s degree in management from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
I’m passionate about making a difference in the world, and it’s an honor to be part of CFA and to be contributing to the mission to grow a stronger state of Arizona. I’m amazed at all the work that CFA is doing in our local communities—in education, in civic engagement and in workforce development. I’m happy to support the continued and growing efforts of our organization.
Why do you love Arizona?
I love Arizona because of its diversity—diversity of people, of places and perspectives. And, I love sunshine!
What do you enjoy in your personal time?
I especially enjoy spending time with friends and family—going to baseball games, trying new restaurants, and exploring the vibrant downtown Phoenix area. I also love to travel and seek out new places both near and far—each year I like to have a travel theme to help me be intentional about traveling—one year the theme was Arizona, another year it was beaches, and one year it was major league baseball stadiums (I’m working on visiting all of the MLB stadiums). There’s no place like home, but through travel the world becomes my classroom with all sorts of new things to see, explore and experience.