Meet Our Staff

Kristen Wirkkala

Kristin Wirkkala - Development Director

Kristen has been fundraising for nonprofits since 2012 when she served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA in her home state of New Hampshire before making the move to her favorite place on earth, Burlington, VT.

Since moving to Burlington, Kristen has spent time fundraising for the American Lung Association and the Community Health Centers of Burlington, where she has successfully executed major fundraising events, written over a million dollars in grants, and created direct mail campaigns, to name a few. She enjoys helping others engage in causes they are passionate about through donating or volunteering. 

Kristen is especially excited to join KidsGardening, as she is deeply passionate about health and food systems. She believes that the food we eat and our connection to it is fundamental to building healthy bodies, healthy minds, vibrant communities, and a better world; and sees educating and empowering children to reconnect with their food as one of the greatest investments we can make in our future.

Kristen lives in Burlington with her husband, Erik, and their furry friends, Rigby and Stinky. In her spare time, she can be found at the yoga studio, playing barefoot in the garden, following her favorite band up and down the east coast, waking up way too early to exercise, or reading and listening to podcasts.