Kristi Nelson. Photo by Robert Charles Studio

Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, is also the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. Her life’s work in the non-profit sector has focused on leading, inspiring, and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Being a long-time stage IV cancer survivor moves her every day to support others in living and loving with great fullness of heart.

In 2001 – after five years leading a regional Women’s Fund – Kristi founded a values-based fundraising consulting/coaching company, and in this capacity worked with organizations such as Buddhist Peace FellowshipSpirit in Action, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Wisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. Since then she has been founding Director of Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Kristi received her BA from UMass/Amherst, a graduate certificate in Business and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Leadership Studies, from Harvard University.

Published November, 2020

Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted is available at Bookshop (Indie purveyors), Barnes & Noble, Amazon and wherever meaningful books are sold.

Media/Program Requests

If you would like to invite Kristi to participate in an interview, speak at an event,  or lead a program, please write us at [email protected]

Podcast Interviews

Mindful Mama with Hunter Clarke Fields (2021)
Real Eyes Realize with Christina Enneking (2021)
In Search of Wisdom with Joshua Bertolotti (2021)
hey, girl with Alexandra Elle (2021)
Emerging Form with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (2021)
The Yoga Hour with Laurel Trujillo (2021)
State of Emergence with Terry Patten (2020)
Movers, Shakers & Social Changers with Luke Bache (2020)
NOW: Finding Security in Uncertain Times with Steve Rio (2020)


Grateful Voices: Kristi (11:00)

In the brief clip below, Kristi discusses the centrality of perspective in living gratefully (1:51):


Waking Up to What Is: Grateful in the Face of It All
Cultivating a Practice: Grateful Living as a Way of Life
Embracing The Great Fullness of Life
Gratefulness: Greater than Gratitude
Voting: A Practice of Love
Ten True Things About Gratefulness: A Conversation
Everything Flourishes in the Nourishment of Appreciation
Finding Gratitude In Familiar Places
Gratitude: A Radical Approach to Life
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Anguish
It’s All About the Glass
Gratefulness: An Opportunity to Practice
When the Well Runs Dry
Training our Trains of Thought
Making Grateful Living a Grateful DOing
Grateful for Getting Older