Kristi Donovan, M.S., CAE
As a senior consultant, Kristi Donovan plays an essential role in shaping the client experience and exceeding their expectations through project management and coordination. Her passion for getting to know the people behind the purpose and helping associations advance their missions has long been the primary driver for Kristi’s work ethic.
Kristi joined McKinley after nearly 20 years of working in professional societies and trade associations of all sizes. Her experience across a variety of association functions including member engagement, organizational strategy, professional development, web-based communications, social media and volunteer management provides a solid foundation from which she can create solutions that meet client needs. She has gained a diverse portfolio of mutilfaceted projects at McKinley, but she enjoys member-focused work the most.
Kristi is a Certified Association Executive and has served as a facilitator for the CAE Immersion Program, in addition to authoring the chapter on knowledge management for ASAE’s second edition of Core Competencies in Association Professional Development. Additionally, Kristi was published in ASAE’s Journal of Association Leadership and has presented at multiple ASAE conferences. She has been an active member of ASAE since the very beginning of her association career with prior involvement in the organization’s Diversity and Professional Development Committees and as a former leader of ASAE’s Emerging Leaders’ community. To underscore the importance of giving back, she is also a frequent participant in ASAE’s member community. Her journey through the association industry was profiled in a student text, Career Opportunities in Health Care Management, to illustrate the alternative options to traditional career paths in the field.
Some of her favorite memories from working in associations over the years include taste testing fun foods being served in school cafeterias, visiting Columbus, Indiana — America’s small town architectural mecca (who knew?), touring many of the country’s biggest children’s hospitals, and meeting some of the most brilliant minds in healthcare today.
Kristi is a Maryland native who crossed the river and now resides in Virginia. She has a master’s degree in organization development and strategic human resources from Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degrees in business administration and healthcare management from Towson University. When she’s not working, she enjoys exploring yoga and meditation, spending time in nature, baking cookies on Sundays, and helping girls develop leadership skills as a troop leader for Girl Scouts. Her favorite moments are those spent with her two daughters and her husband, Ryan.