Kaitlin Hasseler, Sojourner’s director of major gifts, is a self-professed "smitten with the mitten" Midwesterner who has continually moved east since graduating high school in western Michigan. Her adventurous spirit is driven by the power of community, social change, and wanderlust, and her passions have been shaped by the desire to encourage transformation in policies, philanthropic commitments, and purchasing habits. She identifies strongly with the “first globals” generation that John Zogby writes about, where true success is defined through accumulating relationships and experiences, versus material possessions.
Kaitlin has developed a unique blend of non-profit fundraising, strategic partnership building, and business acumen, having worked on global/gender equity programs, social enterprise, and corporate partnership development for the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB), Prosperity Candle, and the Girl Scouts in Washington, DC. Her career officially began before all of this, however, just down the hall from where her office is now, when she worked as the media assistant during Cycle 24 of the Sojourners Internship Program.
Her intern year laid the foundation for her deep and abiding commitment to engaging the church and people of faith on critical social and economic justice campaigns, with a particular heart for addressing gender equity and advancement. From Maasai communities in Kenya to resettled refugee populations in western Massachusetts to townships in South Africa to the Columbia Heights neighborhood in D.C., Kaitlin has seen firsthand the power of investing in women, and prays for the day when we will all join together in naming, claiming, and uplifting the inherent worth of all women and girls.
Hasseler is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she received a B.A. in journalism with concentrations in religious studies, politics, and African new world studies, and recently completed a certificate in professional fundraising at Boston University. Additional non-formal education achievements include planning epic themed parties; creating tasty dishes using kale, brussel sprouts, and quinoa; finding good craft beer; exchanging witty barbs in the spirit of the Gilmore Girls; and dancing anywhere and anytime.
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”—Agnes De Mille