Kristina Wertz is the Vice President of Engagement and Philanthropic Outreach at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, where she oversees the organization’s programs to increase philanthropic resources for LGBTQ communities. Working at Funders for LGBTQ Issues since 2013, she develops the organization’s strategies to bring together grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues to connect with another, learn from each other, coordinate their efforts, and maximize their impact. An expert in connecting LGBTQ issues to a range of grantmaking priorities, Kristina also leads both outreach and training to grantmakers ready to be more LGBTQ-inclusive in their grantmaking and internal practices. A skilled facilitator and natural consensus builder, Kristina doubled attendance at the organization’s annual conference, Funding Forward, while also making the whole event more member-driven and responsive. With a lifelong commitment to social justice and fifteen years of advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ communities under her belt, Kristina played a key role in the development and rollout of the organization’s signature initiatives – Out in the South and Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC). A seasoned attorney, public policy advocate, and philanthropic organizer, Kristina is passionate about increasing philanthropic resources for queer and trans people.
Prior to her work at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Kristina was the Director of Policy and Programs and Legal Director at the Transgender Law Center where she partnered with transgender leaders to achieve groundbreaking legal protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people.
In 2011, Kristina was named on the National LGBT Bar Association’s inaugural list of “Top Lawyers Under 40.” She is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. A proud San Francisco native, Kristina now lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her partner, two adorable kids, and a fluctuating number of chickens.