Kriss has more than 20 years of senior executive experience that spans the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, academic and philanthropic sectors. She was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in U.S. Philanthropy” by Philanthropy Insider and is recognised as a pioneer in the field of social innovation.
Kriss was CEO of Tides until 2019. Prior to this, she was the founding Executive Director for the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford, establishing CSI as a global leader in the emerging social innovation field. Kriss worked as an Advisor to the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies while living in Myanmar in 2013. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer for Juma Ventures, Kriss helped raise the profile of the social entrepreneurship field from a niche market to mainstream.
She is a recognised thought leader, mentor and educator, and has presented nationally and internationally on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, design thinking, impact investing and public-private partnerships.