Kristina Sayas, President, KEO Consulting Group

With more than 18 years of experience in the nonprofit field, Kristina partners with organizations across a variety of sectors to develop effective fundraising campaigns, build strong leadership teams and empower them with the tools to visualize and achieve mission impact. She brings a deep expertise in nonprofit fund development, strategic planning, coaching and training to every engagement. Kristina is known for helping both professionals and volunteers maximize their leadership potential so they can position their organizations for a strong future.

As the founder of KEO Consulting Group in 2015, Kristina has helped clients raise millions of dollars through individual major gifts, foundation and corporate funding. She has also served as a trusted fundraising coach to dozens of executive directors and development professionals, enabling them to build strong ongoing relationships with their stakeholders. Prior to consulting, Kristina served as the executive director of Playworks Wisconsin, where she had the honor of launching the organization and getting them entrenched within the Milwaukee market.

Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Kristina served as the community relations and special programs manager at Chicago Event Management/LaSalle Bank Corporation working on some of Chicago’s largest races, including LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle, Distance Classic, LaSalle Bank Open, LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. Among other noteworthy achievements, she grew and enhanced the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon’s Charity Program from $4.7 million in 2004 to $9.5 million in 2006. She represented LaSalle Bank as a crew member for the Race to Mackinac in 2005 and was featured in a CBS special that highlighted her team and LaSalle Bank.

Kristina received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and master’s degree from Northwestern University.

She serves on the Elm Grove Community Foundation board of directors and as trustee on the Elm Grove Village Board.

Kristina lives in Elm Grove with her husband James.

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