Meet The Arabella Team

Krista Batey


As a director on Arabella’s Managed Organizations team, Krista Batey supports Arabella’s managed nonprofits, primarily the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. In this role, she partners with clients—including philanthropists, foundations, and social entrepreneurs—to design and structure their projects to maximize impact. She also oversees a diverse portfolio of public interest projects focused on international development, global health, and social justice issues. Krista has a background in grant making and 12 years of experience in the philanthropic sector. She is passionate about designing and promoting effective grant-making practices and enjoys working with clients to develop customized, grant processes that align with their values, goals, and mission.

Before coming to Arabella, Krista worked as a program officer at the American Medical Association Foundation, where she managed 10 grant programs, led initiatives to increase stakeholder engagement in the organization’s grant making, and developed partnerships with aligned organizations to launch new programs. During her six years at the Rotary Foundation, Krista designed and piloted a new grant program to fund sustainable, higher-impact projects, managed a portfolio of grants in 20 countries, and trained Rotary leaders in English and Spanish.

Krista is a member of PEAK Grantmaking, a national association of professionals who specialize in grants management, and she guest-edited its online journal issue on intermediaries. She has also presented at the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors Annual Conference. She has a BA in Spanish and international relations from Knox College and an MS in public service management from DePaul University.

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