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Karis is the grants and data administrator at the Gill Foundation, responsible for supporting the grant-making operations through all stages of the process and with staff across all levels of the organization.
Karis joined the Gill Foundation from PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. Karis joined PROMO as a part-time field organizer in 2017 in Springfield, and served as key strategist on PROMO’s field team before leading the team as the field director starting in 2019 until being selected as interim co-director in 2021.
In addition to their background of robust field and policy strategy on a statewide level in the LGBTQ movement, Karis also led data management and integrity of over 30,000 members during their time at PROMO.
Karis is thrilled to join the national LGBTQ movement at the Gill Foundation supporting the grant-making operations and focused mission of advancing the rights of LGBTQ Americans while calling Colorado their new home.