Kris Best

Kris Best

Community Engagement Manager

Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Museums and Institutions

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Kris Best's Overview

  • Community Engagement Manager at The Works Hands-on Museum
  • Director of Communications and Development at 1000 Friends of Minnesota
  • Communications and Development Manager at Minnesota Valley Humane Society
  • Microbiologist at 3M

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Kris Best's Summary

I enjoy making a difference in my community. At The Works museum, I'm involved with giving kids from all walks of life a hands-on engineering experience. It's amazing- they may come in unsure, but they leave thinking that engineering is fun and that they can do it!

At the museum they explore the hands-on exhibits then dive into a workshop where they build a motor-powered fan, a marshmallow-flipping catapult, a slimy polymer, or some other project. This is important because while they're creating they're reinforcing math and science skills and gaining confidence in their abilities. We're starting the pipeline of tomorrow's scientists and engineers!


science and engineering education, informal education, sponsorships, elementary education, special events

Kris Best's Experience

Community Engagement Manager

The Works Hands-on Museum

January 2007Present (7 years 9 months)

The Works is a hands-on museum that makes science, technology and engineering interesting, understandable and fun for elementary school-age children.

Director of Communications and Development

1000 Friends of Minnesota

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 2006January 2007 (7 months)

I loved working here and truly support what they do....but the chance to blend my science and technology background with a hands-on museum was too good to pass up.

Communications and Development Manager

Minnesota Valley Humane Society

January 1999July 2006 (7 years 7 months)

Working at MVHS was an amazing opportunity and learning experience. During my time at MVHS, the organization grew so rapidly and really became an asset to the entire South Metro community.



Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MMM; Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry

January 1994March 1999 (5 years 3 months)

Kris Best's Skills & Expertise

  1. Event Management
  2. Sponsorship
  3. Grant Writing
  4. Community Development
  5. Community Outreach
  6. Annual Giving
  7. Nonprofits
  8. Fundraising
  9. Staff Development
  10. Stewardship
  11. Volunteer Management
  12. Grants
  13. Volunteer Recruiting
  14. Non-profit Board Development
  15. Teaching
  16. Leadership
  17. Volunteer Training
  18. Fundraisers
  19. Museums
  20. Philanthropy
  21. Board Development
  22. Program Development
  23. Editing
  24. Non-profit Administration
  25. Newsletters
  26. Strategic Communications

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Kris Best's Education

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology


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