Kirby Gillispie earned her BA from Goucher College in Maryland with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology. She went on to earn an MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She provided individual and family therapy to severely emotionally disturbed adolescents before moving into non-profit management.
Kirby has funded and managed numerous organizations that offer therapeutic and educational services to at-risk children, youth, and families. She graduated from the Fundraising School in San Francisco and was later trained in the Benevon Model for Sustainable Funding. As the Development Director of the Tres Condados Girl Scout Council and again as the Executive Director of Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Kirby built successful Fund Development Departments from the ground up.
Kirby served as a contracted clinician at Griffith Centers for Children for 6 months before stepping up to become the Director of Development. Her strong leadership abilities, extensive experience as a Fund Development professional, and innate passion for our mission make Kirby a natural to guide the establishment of long-term, sustainable funding for Griffith Centers.