Kristen Theisen

Chief Development Officer

With more 15 years of professional experience, Kristen is well-versed in the art of weaving together public relations, marketing, and fundraising. Her time in the private sector working for a global communications firm, a family entertainment company, and a public media outlet provided a strong foundation of transferable skills she now uses to further philanthropy at The Florida Center. Since 2007, Kristen has worked in the nonprofit world, connecting donors with worthy causes. She has led fundraising through annual campaigns, donor relations, special events, planned giving and grant requests. Her efforts with charitable organizations helped them to attain regional awards from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, WEDU public television, and the American Advertising Federation Suncoast Chapter, among others. She looks forward to enhancing awareness and support of the critical work The Florida Center is doing to expand the potential of young children and strengthen their families. Originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Kristen is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN with a degree in Communications. She began her career in Chicago, IL and later relocated to Southwest FL. She obtained her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential in 2014 and serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the SWFL Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kristen is active in the Sarasota-Manatee community and keeps busy with her husband and two young sons.