Kaki Rusmore

After 9 years in Nicaragua, I’ve been back in the States for over a decade, and am now Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the Community Foundation for Monterey County. It’s an interesting perspective combining philanthropy and capacity building for nonprofits. I’ve been there long enough to develop some new programs, several working with cohorts of organizations combining peer learning, small grants, individualized consulting and coaching.


I also founded and co-facilitate a year-long leadership training program for nonprofit staff moving into executive positions. It’s so exciting to see their intelligence, curiosity and commitment to shared leadership and significant community change. We have a 10 year commitment to the program, by which time a significant percentage of local leaders will have participated. I also consult with local organizations and am interested in doing some international work again.


On the volunteer side, I recently stepped down from a long stint on the local Women’s Commission, where I headed up a study on the status of women and girls, especially the economic elements.  And I’m active in the co-housing where I live, practicing democracy with my neighbors. If you’re ever in the San Francisco/Santa Cruz area, let me know! [May 2013]


Email: krusmore@cruzio.com

Graduation Year: 
CIE Graduate