Kristen Merrifield

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits was formed in 2004 to be the unifying voice of the nonprofit sector in Arizona. As the only statewide association dedicated to serving the needs of the nonprofit sector, it represents the more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations all across Arizona. Its mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector. This is accomplished through advocacy, education and connections to critical resources that are tailored specifically for nonprofits, their staff, their board and their volunteers.

Kristen Merrifield brings extensive leadership and more than 15 years of nonprofit knowledge and expertise to her role as the CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits through her previous roles at the Arizona Small Business Association, the Arizona State University Foundation and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Using this experience, she has helped successfully lead the Alliance into its next stage of organizational growth, focusing on the areas of membership, internal processes and procedures, board governance and program development. Since Merrifield joined the Alliance a little over three years ago, membership has grown 33 percent, from 750 members to now more than 1,000 across Arizona. Corporate support has more than doubled, and programs and events have also experienced significant growth. This can be attributed to an incredibly talented and dedicated group of staff, board and volunteer leadership.

Merrifield is an active participant in the business and nonprofit community, serving as a productive member and past president of the Arizona Society of Association Executives, as well as a member of the American Society of Association Executives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Grand Canyon University; a certificate in Association Management from ASAE and the prestigious designations of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). Merrifield is also a graduate of the ASU Lodestar Center’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the ASBA Executive Business Mentoring Program. She has dedicated her career to serving others and is a respected and well-rounded leader.

Company Name: Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Main Office Address: 360 E. Coronado Rd., Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 279-2966
Number of Locations in Metro Phoenix: 1
Number of Employees: 6
City Nationally Headquartered: Phoenix
No. of Years with Firm: 3
Year Established Locally: 2004
Specialties/Services: Advocacy & Public Policy, Training & Education, Fundraising & Grantseeking, Discounts on Products/Services, Capacity Building

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