Kali Cruttenden

Director of Business Development and Operations

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Development

Education & certification

BA, Government & Politics and Spanish, University of Maryland College Park, BA, Economics, University of Maryland College Park

Kali Cruttenden

Director of Business Development and Operations, Minneapolis, MN

Kali Cruttenden, B.A., is the business development and operations director at Child Trends. In her role as business development director, she is responsible for the oversight and direction of the teams that lead Child Trends’ opportunity prospecting efforts and proposal preparation and submission. She works collaboratively with senior leadership to make strategic decisions that position Child Trends for success now and in the future.

In her role as operations director, she is responsible for developing and implementing tools, resources, and processes that support research staff in their daily work. Kali provides ongoing technical assistance to staff to ensure they can effectively use tools to improve project management.

Before transitioning to the administrative side of research, Kali began her tenure at Child Trends managing the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Analysis Project (CCEEPRA), a large multi-CLIN contract funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. Her unique background blends insights from both research project management and administration, enriching her ability to effectively navigate the intricacies of project implementation and organizational operations.