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Cris Kutzli

Challenge Scholars Director

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Joined the Community Foundation:

Inspirational Quote:

Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can't be done.'

Eleanor Roosevelt

What Cris does:

Cris directs the Challenge Scholars Program, a place-based, cross-sector initiative to ensure first-generation, low income students obtain a degree or credential.  She is also co-advisor to the Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee.

What she did before:

Previously, Cris served as Executive Director of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science/Secondary Education at Michigan State University.

When Cris is not working:

Cris serves on the 4th to 12th Grade Working Group for KConnect, Kent County’s collective impact effort.  She enjoys checking out local restaurants and breweries, being outdoors (preferably near water), and spending time with family.

A few of Cris's favorite things…

Westside Collaborative
Place to send out-of-towners:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Place to eat or drink:
San Chez Bistro
Part of her job:
Watching 6th grade Challenge Scholars walk across the stage at the annual induction ceremony