Kristi Rendahl is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University in Minnesota, USA. She works full time at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) as the organizational development advisor on a capacity-building project with indigenous torture rehabilitation organizations in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Previously, she worked in fundraising at CVT, managing institutional funder relationships such as the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Justice Programs in Minnesota.
She worked for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) as the founding representative of HFHI’s first affiliate in the Republic of Armenia, where she led efforts to form a local board of directors, served as a spokesperson, and collaborated with the board and staff on issues of best practices, goal setting, strategic planning and evaluation. She also worked as HFHI’s major gifts director in the Midwest region. Additionally, Rendahl has been a freelance consultant with public health and social services nonprofit organizations on issues of fundraising and strategic planning. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Armenia. She speaks Armenian and Spanish.
Kristi holds undergraduate degrees in communication and music, a master’s degree in nonprofit management, and a doctorate in public administration. She is the founder of Prairie Talks, a speaker series in her hometown of Rugby, North Dakota, and she has been a regular essayist for The Armenian Weekly and Minnesota Public Radio.
For more background: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristirendahl