I am an entrepreneurial, senior executive with deep experience and career impact in ESG and strategic communications across sectors. My work has spanned healthy food, beverage and lifestyle, sustainable business, social entrepreneurship and investing, global economic and enterprise development, music and culture.
In leading and growing enterprises, I like to 1) align a firm’s purpose, product and brand value proposition with its internal culture and operations, stakeholder strategy and actions in the world; 2) build great teams, spirit and management systems and 3) execute and learn. I value straight talk, fairness, follow-through and fun.
I currently serve as an operating executive and advising consultant to Califia Farms, one of the fastest growing plant-based food and beverage companies in the U.S. with an accelerating global footprint. My responsibilities include corporate affairs, PR and communications strategy and team development, crisis response and issues management, brand positioning and direct counsel to the CEO.
As SVP at Winrock International, a global agricultural, environmental and economic development contractor under USAID, I built and managed teams responsible for new business development, marketing and communications, Private sector (global food co’s) partnerships, blended finance and public policy and government relations.
I began my career as a policy aide in the White House Office of Social Innovation where we designed the “domestic Peace Corps” initiative, AmeriCorps. As a founding program officer at the $650M start-up Corporation for National Service, I oversaw a $20-million portfolio of community impact projects.
At Odwalla Inc, I managed new market expansion, strategic communications, and key trade and supply-chain partners through a corporate crisis and successful turnaround (HBS case study). I was then appointed president of Social Venture Circle (formerly SVN), the pioneering platform for sustainable business CEOs and impact investors.
After 5 years as an equity investor, small business owner and musician, I founded the award-wining Music National Service Initiative and MusicianCorps which trained and placed musicians as teachers, mentors and community care workers in six U.S cities.
My work has been featured on NBC Evening News, PBS NewsHour, NPR All Things Considered, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other national, local and trade media. I have served as a paid adviser and consultant to C-level executives in media, technology, finance and philanthropy, and been a speaker and lecturer at prominent academic and civic institutions.
If I can help you with a new venture, challenge or role for positive impact, please contact me here or through LinkedIn. Thank you.
All the best, Kiff