Kris Mauren is co-founder and executive director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty , an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute organizes educational seminars around the world for current and future religious leaders across denominations promoting an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the free market economy. The Institute also works with business leaders, helping them to embrace their work as a worthy calling and to encourage their positive moral defense of a free society characterized by individual liberty and personal moral responsibility. Since its inception in 1990, the Acton Institute has experienced tremendous growth and today employs nearly forty people with an annual budget of over $7,500,000.
Kris is a Seattle native and the youngest of 8 children. After graduating with economics and international relations degrees from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Kris settled in Grand Rapids to help found the Acton Institute . In his role as executive director of the Acton Institute, Kris has traveled the world, lecturing and consulting in dozens of countries. He is widely recognized as a leader in non profit management, and consults regularly on best practices in management, measurement, and fundraising in the not for profit sector. In 2010 he was presented with the Charles G. Koch Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Institute for Humane Studies, and was the 1999 recipient of the Liberty Executive Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Management. Kris volunteers service on a number of non profit boards, including Donors Capital Fund and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and advisory board member of the John Templeton Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Excel Charter Academy and Grand River Preparatory Academy. Kris is active in a number of community organizations including: CEO Roundtable, The Economics Club of Grand Rapids, The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Professional affiliations include membership in: The Philadelphia Society, and Legatus, an international association of Catholic CEOs. Kris is married to Joni and has four children.
|Volume 23, Number 2||Why is Acton Participating in ArtPrize?||Spring 2013|
|Volume 23, Number 1||Why does Acton publish "In the Liberal Tradition" and why is it important to our mission?||Winter 2013|
|Volume 22, Number 4||What is the 'Our Great Exchange' curriculum and why is it an important stewardship resource?||Fall 2012|
|Volume 22, Number 3||How has the Acton Institute broadened its outreach on social media websites?||Summer 2012|
|Volume 22, Number 2||How does the intern program advance the mission of the Acton Institute?||Spring 2012|
|Volume 22, Number 1||Why is Acton moving into new headquarters?||Winter 2012|
|Volume 21, Number 4||What's behind PovertyCure?||Fall 2011|
|Volume 21, Number 3||Why does the Acton Institute publish the Journal of Markets & Morality?||Summer 2011|
|Volume 21, Number 2||Why is Acton taking on a project like the translation of Abraham Kuyper's Common Grace into English?||Spring 2011|
|Volume 21, Number 1||What is Acton doing outside of the United States?||Winter 2011|
|Volume 20, Number 3/4||What sets the Acton Institute apart from other free-market think tanks and organizations?||Summer/Fall 2010|
|Volume 20, Number 2||What is Christian’s Library Press?||Spring 2010|
|Volume 15, Number 1||Is the Acton Institute a Catholic organization?||Summer 2005|
|Volume 15, Number 2||Does the Acton Institute advocate specific political positions or candidates?||Autumn 2005|
|Volume 16, Number 1||What is the extent of Acton's international activities?||Winter 2006|
|Volume 16, Number 2||I've seen advertisements for Acton University. Is this conference going to replace the Toward a Free and Virtuous Society conferences?||Spring 2006|
|Volume 16, Number 3||How does Acton communicate its ideas to the world?||Summer 2006|
|Volume 16, Number 4||What is the Acton Institute doing to support promising young scholars?||Fall 2006|
|Volume 17, Number 1||How does Acton's Rome office contribute to the mission of the Acton Institute?||Winter 2007|
|Volume 17, Number 2||Why is the Acton Institute producing documentaries?||Spring 2007|
|Volume 17, Number 3||Why does the Acton Institute operate the Catholic High School Honor Roll?||Summer 2007|
|Volume 17, Number 4||What Exactly is a Think Tank?||Fall 2007|
|Volume 18, Number 1||Why Did The Acton Institute Produce "The Birth Of Freedom?"||Winter 2008|
|Volume 18, Number 2||Why does Acton advertise in newspapers and magazines?||Spring 2008|
|Volume 18, Number 3||Why Did The Acton Institute Develop The Effective Stewardship Curriculum?||Summer 2008|
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