Speaker profile

Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup

Christopher joined VTDigger.org in May 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for directing strategy and operations in the business office and leading growth efforts to expand Digger’s work statewide. Although he only recently joined the staff, he is no stranger to VTDigger.org, having served as a Foundation partner for Digger since before the first Digger website was launched in 2009. For the past decade, Kaufman Ilstrup was a senior philanthropic advisor at the Vermont Community Foundation where he worked with Anne Galloway as a collaborating partner on the Knight Foundation’s Community Information Challenge. In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Kaufman Ilstrup spearheaded a Community Foundation initiative to assist mobile home park residents whose homes were destroyed by the flood and helped to coordinate a campaign that raised $4.2 million for Vermont’s recovery. Past work includes serving as the founding Executive Director of the Pride Center of Vermont and as a community organizer with Outright Vermont, Rural Vermont and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.