Kristen McDonald Rivet is the president and CEO of Greater Midland, a network of community centers dedicated to improving the well-being of residents in Midland County and serves as a strategic advisor to MiHIA and THRIVE.
McDonald Rivet has made it her mission to improve outcomes for children and ensure students graduate from high school ready for college, career and life. Previously, she served as vice president of Program and Policy for The Skillman Foundation, a Detroit non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of children, working to address system-level change for children and families. She has made it her mission to improve outcomes for children and ensure students graduate from high school ready for college, career and life.
In her role there, she developed and implemented city-wide education reform strategy, place-based neighborhood revitalization/school improvement integration strategy and public policy agendas addressing institutional inequality issues.
In addition, McDonald Rivet served as external voice for the vision of the foundation and provided leadership and management for all foundation program strategy including the direction of over $175 million in grants to Detroit schools.
Prior to her work at the foundation, McDonald Rivet served as the chief of staff to State Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan. She has worked extensively in the policy field of early childhood education and was one of the chief architects of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Great Start, Michigan’s system of education and care for children from birth to kindergarten.
McDonald Rivet was appointed to the Executive Committee of the ECIC by Governor Rick Snyder in July of 2017 and currently serves as the board chair. In 2016, she was named an Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow, joining a prestigious network of leaders across the country with the vision, drive and ability to make changes that benefit large numbers of children and families.
McDonald Rivet earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan Flint/Ann Arbor.