Kristina McNeff

Global Head, Legal
Location: United States
Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Global
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Meet Kristina, the global head of legal at Imaginable Futures. She oversees all aspects of legal support for the Imaginable Futures investment teams.

Kristina has more than twenty years of combined international legal and programmatic experience, with a focus on transaction support, governance, compliance and ethics. Prior to joining Imaginable Futures, Kristina was a program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she oversaw a $50 million grant facility focused on promoting environmentally and socially responsive infrastructure in the Amazon Basin. Earlier in her career, Kristina served as assistant general counsel at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government corporation, where she provided advice with respect to the development, implementation and evaluation of the agency’s foreign assistance portfolio in Africa, Asia and Central America.

Kristina has also worked as compliance director with EcoAdvisors Inc., where she provided international transaction and compliance advice to corporate and family foundations; as deputy general counsel to Universal Service Administrative Company, the non-profit permanent administrator of the $10 billion Universal Service Fund; and as legal advisor to the Global Conservation Fund at Conservation International. Kristina started her career as an international project finance associate in an international law firm.


What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Most proud: Being witness to the ongoing accomplishments of lawyers I have had the privilege of mentoring.

Favorite quote:

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy—make it—protect it—pass it on. You are ready. Go to it.” - Justice Thurgood Marshall

If someone narrated your life, who would you want it to be?


What current Imaginable Futures endeavors most excite you?

The two-generation approach in the United States, with its focus on supporting and centering student parents, littlest learners, families and communities.

What lessons did you learn early in your career that you keep with you today?

Get comfortable with uncertainty.

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset in Arizona (my home state), sunrise in Washington, DC (my home now).