People: Kristin Ghiggeri Burgarello new Director of Advancement at DRI

Kristin Ghiggeri Burgarello

Kristin Ghiggeri Burgarello Courtesy Photo

DRI (Desert Research Institute) recently hired Kristin Ghiggeri Burgarello as Director of Advancement; she will lead fundraising efforts for DRI in collaboration with the DRI Foundation.

Burgarello comes to DRI from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she spent the last 17 years in development and alumni relations roles, including six years as Executive Director of Development and a previous role as Director of Development of the Reynolds School of Journalism.

“We are happy to welcome Kristin to our DRI family,” DRI President Dr. Kumud Acharya said in a Sept. 2 press release. “Kristin’s expertise will be key in elevating DRI’s research, science-based results and their global implications to a broader support base.”

Burgarello holds a B.A. in journalism, with an emphasis in advertising, from UNR.

“I am thrilled to be able to combine my passion for DRI’s mission with my experience in fundraising and relationship-building, to create awareness for DRI’s work, not only at home in Nevada but across our nation, and beyond,” she said in a statement. “Today more than ever as we face serious environmental challenges that threaten our very way of life, we need to invest in the critical research and ensuing solutions being developed at DRI right now. I look forward to connecting donors and friends with DRI to support our very timely and important environmental research.”


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