Kristie Johnson, Ph.D., CFRE – VP of Development & External Affairs

  • Education

    Ph.D. Leadership and Higher Education, Bellarmine University

    M.B.A. Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Howard University

    M.A. International Development & Social Change, Clark University

    B.A. Asian Studies, Florida State University

    A.A. Foreign Languages, Edison Community College

  • Languages Spoken

    Intermediate Mandarin

    Basic Uyghur

  • Countries Lived In

    I lived in Yibin, China (Sichuan province) from 1999-2001 as a Peace Corps volunteer where I taught English, American Diversity, and the Harlem Renaissance.

    I then went back to Urumqi, China (Xinjiang province) in 2006 as a Fulbright scholar where I studied traditional Uyghur dance.

  • What you love about your work

    I love the opportunity to collaborate with diverse community leaders who believe in our mission. From planning the International Citizen of the Year event, organizing International Connection webinars, to participating in naturalization ceremonies for new Americans, I am finding tremendous joy in my work and look forward to expanding our presence in Indiana.

  • Best international experience

    I have always believed in and benefitted from the kindness and compassion of strangers. I cannot count the number of times generous travelers stopped to assist me, paid for my meal, or took time out of their day to ensure I arrived at my destination. Traveling reminds me of the goodness in people.

    “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you.” -Anthony Bourdain

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