Kyle Reis recently joined TechSoup as Senior Director of Global Data Services and East Coast Representative. Kyle comes from the Ford Foundation, where he last served as manager of strategy and operations. In this role, he worked with senior leadership to implement the foundation’s program operations’ strategies and identified innovative practices, tools and resources for grant makers. He joined the foundation more than a quarter century ago. During his tenure at Ford, he held more than a dozen different roles in program, operations and administration.
Kyle has a long affiliation with the philanthropic sector. Over the years, he has provided leadership to the foundation community and regularly strives to help shape the future of the sector by communicating with sector leaders, encouraging emerging voices and identifying creative ways to use technology and other tools to advance social change. Kyle previously served as board co-chair of the Grants Managers Network, a 2,500-member association of foundation grants managers. He sits on the National Advisory Committee of Project Streamline, a collaborative effort of grant-making and grant-seeking organizations trying to improve grant application and reporting practices. He was also an original member of the Advisory Committee that built out the concept of the equivalency determination information repository that eventually became NGOSource.
With an eye toward the future of philanthropy, Kyle has a keen interest in the cross-pollination of sector practices to advance social change. He is considering, for example, ways in which the nonprofit sector can better incorporate design principles to understand and communicate its work. Over the past few years, he has been part of a nascent effort to create a stronger partnership between the design community and philanthropy.
Kyle earned a Master’s degree in liberal studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in government and law from Lafayette College. He supports three family foundations and has three daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs, a dog and a gerbil to otherwise keep him busy.