Kristen McDonald Rivet serves as Vice President of Michigan Future, Inc and a Strategic Advisor to MiHIA/THRIVE. She is the former CEO/President of Greater Midland Inc, a network of centers connecting all residents in Midland County through wellness & recreation, education, youth development and basic needs. Prior to her work in Midland, McDonald served as the Vice President of Program and Policy for The Skillman Foundation in Detroit. In this role, she directed strategy for all of the Foundation’s program work in citywide education reform, place-based neighborhood revitalization, youth development systems building and public policy agendas addressing institutional inequity issues.
Previously, McDonald has served in multiple leadership roles developing public policies and systems to improve the lives of children and families including work in the Michigan Departments of Education and Human Services. She has worked extensively in early childhood education policy 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 was appointed to the Executive Committee of the ECIC by Governor Rick Snyder in July 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 and her husband are the proud parents and stepparents of six beautiful children and reside in Bay City, MI.