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Kristin Barsness’s more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector has been defined by the conviction that when staff and volunteers are coached to bravery, they can accomplish anything. Barsness has led more than 30 major capital and comprehensive campaigns, 40 campaign feasibility studies, many community and project readiness assessments, as well as worked in-house to lead library, healthcare, university, and K-12 education shops to fundraising success. Her work with Pacific Northwest clients and organizations has helped raise more than $250 million to change the world. 

After serving as Vice President of Collins Group, Kristin helped launch Seattle University’s $300 million campaign, then led the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Foundation to triple unrestricted giving in three years.  In 2018 she founded her consulting firm to help mid-size nonprofits prepare and manage significant campaigns and raise more money. 

She and her husband, Ed Crossan, a high school teacher, have been lifelong advocates for the transformational power of education.  They live in Tacoma and devote their free time to keeping up with a busy family of teenagers and dogs.