Announcing our new Executive Director

We are pleased to announce the hire of Bright Stars of Bethlehem’s new Executive Director, Kris Ducett Wagner! While we had numerous excellent candidates, Kris stood out for her proven ability to both cast vision and strategically accomplish ambitious goals.

Kris comes to Bright Stars of Bethlehem with over 20 years of experience in fundraising and program development in the education and behavioral health sectors. She has launched community-based programs and served mission-driven organizations in capacities that include fundraising, teaching, and non-profit consulting. She has served both large institutions and grass roots organizations, including Biola University and local public schools. Her professional accomplishments include serving as an international NGO delegate to the United Nations, securing over $30M in funds in higher education, and developing Social Emotional Learning and delinquency prevention/intervention programs.

Kris’s leadership is marked by an entrepreneurial passion to reach goals and a commitment to developing lasting relationships along the way. Her ability to creatively bring together diverse stakeholders on mission focused projects will undoubtedly be a gift to Bright Stars.

About joining Bright Stars, Kris shares,

“I’m thrilled to join the important work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, especially at this pivotal moment in human history, when we’re all facing the isolation, fears, and suffering brought on by a global pandemic.  Despite their own suffering, Palestinian lives shine with exemplary stories of resilience and hope.  I’m excited to share these powerful stories and the role our partners across the US continue to play in empowering the next generation of creative leaders in Palestine.”

Join us in welcoming Kris Ducett Wagner to the Bright Stars of Bethlehem family! Kris will begin her role on April 1. She’ll undoubtedly have her plate full these first few weeks, but if you wish to send her a quick note of welcome, you can do so at:

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