Kristen Jarvis is currently the Chief of Staff for the Ford Foundation. Jarvis works with the President to advance the organization’s objectives. She is a trusted advisor and critical member of the executive leadership team (ELT). Ms. Jarvis supports the President across all of his responsibilities and ensures that the entire team is aligned and executing on a prioritized agenda. She manages the President’s office affairs, projects that have the biggest impact on the President’s change agenda and handles special initiatives that have important strategic implications. Kristin also works closely with the staff and the President to enhance ongoing Foundation programs and strategic management of external relationships and serves as a strong facilitator and liaison.
In her previous role, Kristin Jarvis was to first lady Michelle Obama what a GPS system is for those who have them – an excellent navigator. As a special assistant for scheduling and a traveling aide for Mrs. Obama, she puts in many miles handling important details – from trips abroad with special guests such as Oprah Winfrey to swank state dinners. “There’s no time to get sick,” Ms. Jarvis told a Newsweek reporter in 2009. “You’re on call.” Her influence spans the East and West Wings. Some of the young professionals working in the administration were hired by Ms. Jarvis during her time in Obama’s Senate office. The list includes Joshua DuBois, current executive director of the White House faith office, health reform director Jeanne Lambrew and political director Patrick Gaspard – to name a few.