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Kristi Nelson is author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted and the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living. She has spent her adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and strengthen organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.

In 2001, Kristi founded a values-based fundraising consulting and training, and leadership coaching company, and in this capacity worked with organizations such as the Institute for Jewish SpiritualityBuddhist Peace FellowshipSpirit in ActionWisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. She was also the founding Director of the 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

We are delighted to announce the release of Kristi Nelson’s book:
Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted.

Wake Up Grateful is now available at BookStore Link  (Find and order from a local bookstore), Bookshop (Indie book purveyors), Barnes & Noble, and Amazon

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]


Grateful Voices: Kristi (11:00)
Dancing Anyway…
In this brief clip introducing her new book, Kristi Nelson discusses the centrality of perspective to living gratefully (1:51):


Beyond Gratitude, Discover Gratefulness (State of Emergence)
Waking Up Grateful (Movers, Shakers & Social Changers)
Finding Security in Uncertain Times (NOW)
Grateful Living As A Foundational Practice for Every Moment (Awakin.org)
Living With Gratitude (Morning Fill-Up Conversation)
Thank You On My Lips (Zestful Aging)
What if we took nothing for granted? (Better Worldians)


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
Turning New Year’s Resolutions into Revelations
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Despair
Finding Gratitude in Familiar Places  (Huffington Post)
Gratitude Humbles a Giver (Huffington Post)
Grateful for Gratefulness in Difficult Times (Huffington Post)
Give From Great Fullness  (Massage Magazine)