Kirsten O'Brien

Director of Development
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Originally from South Africa, Kirsten has had a foot in both the U.S. and her home country for the majority of her life. At South Africa Partners, she works closely with the organization's valued supporters to identify opportunities for the greatest philanthropic impact and to foster rewarding partnerships toward shared goals for South Africa's future.

Prior to joining South Africa Partners, Kirsten worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to grow and diversify research funding. She also managed donor engagement strategies and activities relating to the Board of Dean's Advisors. Kirsten completed her undergraduate business studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal and the University of South Africa, and graduate courses in business and international relations at Harvard.