Kris Leja, she/her
Co-Founder + Principal
Kris Leja has worked in organizations dedicated to mental health, youth mentorship, educational equity, and housing over the last two decades. Most recently she was the Executive Director for Summer Search Bay Area, during her four year tenure she helped to stabilize fundraising, redefine the geographic footprint, and initiate strategic growth, following a multi-site merger. Prior to that she was the Interim CEO and Chief Development Officer at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, seeing the organization through a capital campaign and a leadership transition.
As Co-Founder and Principal of KLP Impact, she approaches her work with clients in a relationship forward way utilizing empathy and somatic based practices. She most recently completed a 5-month Mindful Leadership Program at Spirit Rock and a year-long Non-Violent Communication Immersion program. With coaching clients her focus is on centering their needs and providing strategic support that is individually crafted, taking into account the multiple identities that each person brings to their work. She brings to KLP a passion for supporting organizations and helping them create cultures that are grounded in equity, social justice principles and practices, shared leadership, and democratized ways of being.
Kris was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago and currently lives in San Francisco with her partner and cat. She received her BA in Liberal Arts from University of Illinois, Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.