Krista Berry Ortega, MS
Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
Krista is recognized as an innovative leader and has over 16 years of diverse nonprofit experience from organizations in San Diego and New York City. Her specific areas of expertise are organizational development, philanthropy, and grassroots advocacy with professional achievements in: scaling organizational impact, developing successful teams, directing fundraising operations and business development, designing successful programs and special events (and getting rid of ones that aren’t successful), and leading culture change and transitions.
Before joining the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy full time in March 2018, Krista was an adjunct instructor at SIP and Bellevue University and worked as vice president at The Welty Group – a philanthropy-focused consulting firm. Prior to consulting, she worked as interim executive director for a state-wide advocacy council and a small San Diego foundation. At both organizations, she worked closely with the board and staff to create and implement diversified funding plans and effective operations to help sustain the 20+-year-old organizations.
Krista earned a certificate in event management from University of San Diego in 2010, an MS in Urban Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management from Hunter College in 2006, and a BA in Theatre with a minor in education from Marymount Manhattan College in 2001.
Krista has volunteered on several organization boards and committees and is currently serving on the Next Generation Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals International. Prior roles have included elected vice chair of the City Heights Area Planning Committee, board member of the Copley Price YMCA, and board secretary for Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. Krista is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and is an active advocate and resident in her community of City Heights in San Diego. In her free time, Krista enjoys dancing whenever possible and supporting her husband Javier operate their San Diego café and catering business.