Brittany Kienker

Alumni Board

Alumni Board
Brittany Kienker


M.A.'10, Ph.D.'13
Principal and Owner
Kienker Consulting LLC
Canton, MI

Dr. Brittany Kienker is principal and owner of Kienker Consulting LLC and knowledge insights expert in residence at the Council of Michigan Foundation (CMF), with more than 10 years of experience in foundations, nonprofits, and higher education. Dr. Kienker leads Ask CMF, answering hundreds of questions every year from grantmaking organizations across the state of Michigan and beyond.

Throughout her career, Dr. Kienker has served as both a practitioner and scholar of philanthropy. She has played an integral role in strategic and master planning initiatives, leadership transitions, organizational restructuring, and implementation of best practices in philanthropy at such institutions as the Anthem Foundation, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana University Foundation, Michigan Aerospace Foundation, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, and The Henry Ford.

At CMF, Dr. Kienker regularly develops cutting-edge educational resources and presentations designed for grantmakers, in addition to generating the annual Midwest Grantmaker Salary Survey Report. Her work has also been featured by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy (GVSU) and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.

Dr. Kienker is a 21/64 certified advisor, a full member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and holds a BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Central Michigan University.

Dr. Kienker received her Ph.D. from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She also earned an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies (IU), M.A. in Public History (IU), and B.A. in Public History (Western Michigan University).