Hi, I'm Kris...welcome!
I work with mission-driven teams, rising leaders and purposeful career changers to increase their self-awareness, significantly grow their capacity to lead, and work in a way that is aligned with their values.
I approach my work through the lens of equity and inclusion and consistently integrate these principles into my practice. One way I do this is by ensuring my clients can safely explore and honor the breadth and contours of their lives and identities (race, class, gender, etc), while helping them bring awareness to their unconscious social conditioning.
I love working with rising leaders because I have seen how coaching provides a real platform to help them access the next level in their organizations. In particular I work to ensure my coaching reaches people who have been historically left out of leadership opportunities. Currently 68% of my clients identify as a person of color, and 35% identify as LGBTQ+.
I'd love to hear what brought you here. Keep scrolling to see client testimonials, and to read more about my background and credentials, coaching philosophy and core values. Or click on the buttons below to see what I offer and to schedule your complimentary session.
My Background and Credentials
Prior to launching my practice, I spent nearly 20 years in the nonprofit sector serving in a variety of roles focused on hiring and growing leaders, and shaping and designing cultures that center equity and belonging and helped people feel valued, loved, and challenged to grow. Some of the organizations where I did this work include Project Inform, James Morehouse Project, Education Pioneers, Teach for America and Beyond 12. (Check out my LinkedIn Profile for the full list)
Education & Credentials
Masters in Social Work from UC. Berkeley, emphasis Management & Planning (2008), PPSC, Certification for School Social Workers
Coach Training: Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Professional Coach Certification (PCC): International Coaching Federation
Energy Leadership Index, Master Practitioner, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Consulting and Other Work
Executive Coach & DEI Consultant, Consulting Within Reach
Founding co-designer/co-lead and Executive Coach with Silicon Valley Next, a nonprofit leadership fellowship program under Center for Excellence in Nonprofits.
Volunteer Professional Mentor for Braven
What my clients are saying....
Director of Diversity Admissions at Berkeley-Haas | Founder of Teachers of Oakland
Kris helped me unearth the alignment between my work, my values, and my purpose and develop tools to better navigate my own path. She helped me understand what drives me, what fears hold me back, and who I can be if I take ownership of my mentality.
My Coaching Philosophy
I provide a platform for rising leaders to elevate their voice and step towards the next level of leadership at work. As they gain more access for themselves, they in turn create more access for others around them, like ripples in water, ultimately impacting the organizational and societal systems and injustices that limit access in the first place.
My Core Values
Connection: Operate from a deep belief in our collective and shared humanity; listen with empathy, curiosity, and care; hold space for people to be fully themselves.
Growth: Approach things with a sense of possibility and optimism; lean into discomfort and vulnerability and look for ways to always maximize learning.
Justice: Pursue justice and fight for it in all forms; acknowledge the impact of historical and present-day systems of oppression and use what I have to honor and elevate people who have historically been left out or marginalized.