THINK Together Names Kelly Kannwischer Chief Engagement Officer

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New Chief Engagement Officer will lead THINK Together’s statewide efforts to engage the communities they serve and lead their efforts in community mobilization, marketing, communications and philanthropy.

Kelly Kannwischer joins THINK Together

Kelly joins THINK Together at a pivotal time as we expand our ability to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential.

THINK Together, the largest educational nonprofit in California, announced that Kelly Kannwischer has been named to the newly created role of Chief Engagement Officer. Kannwischer will engage corporations, foundations, individuals and their communities in the organization’s work to realize educational excellence and equity for all kids.

Commenting on Kannwischer’s appointment, Randy Barth, CEO of THINK Together, said, “Kelly joins THINK Together at a pivotal time as we expand our ability to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. She brings a heart for education and its ability to transform lives and our communities. Her strength in building relationships and unleashing possibilities makes Kelly a significant addition to our executive team.”

Kelly will lead brand management, marketing and communications, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and external relations. Kelly will participate in crafting the next generation strategic plan as THINK Together continues to develop innovative programs and services to support learning.

For the last five years, Kelly has served Vanguard University as Vice President of University Advancement and, more recently, as Vice President for Administration and Public Affairs. In her five years at Vanguard, Kelly led a comprehensive strategy to promote the brand and secure resources to fund the university’s present and future including a successful capital campaign to renovate and expand an academic building.

Reflecting on her appointment, Kannwischer said, “The story of THINK Together is the best kind of triumph – working together with parents, schools and the community to give all of our kids their best chance at success. And the heroes are our children who are the hope and promise of the future. I look forward to building and expanding the relationships that make it all possible.”

Kannwischer’s career as a non-profit consultant and executive spans more than fifteen years and has earned her a reputation as a values driven leader, clear communicator, and board development specialist. Serving as a consultant with RSI and Ketchum, she led and participated in campaigns for clients including World Vision, the Flight 93 Memorial, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Paterson Center certified StratOp facilitator, and accredited Insights practitioner.

THINK Together is a nonprofit organization collaborating with communities, parents, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to help transform and galvanize the K-12 educational system, creating excellence and equity for all kids. THINK Together is California’s largest provider of Expanded Learning Time programs. Through its affiliate, Principal’s Exchange, THINK Together also provides research, professional development and consulting to underserved schools. Combined, THINK Together and Principal’s Exchange serve over 150,000 students at more than 400 locations across more than 45 school districts from Silicon Valley to San Diego. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, THINK Together’s dedicated team of more than 2,500 employees are helping students statewide reach their full potential. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information visit

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