Staff Profile: Kris Alan Mauren

Executive Director

Kris Mauren is co-founder and executive director of Acton Institute, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and with international offices in Rome, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina.   The Institute publishes scholarship and film and 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 more than 50 people with an annual budget of $11,500,000.

Kris is a Seattle native and the youngest of 8 children.  After graduating with an economics and international relations degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Kris settled in Grand Rapids to help found Acton Institute.  In his role as executive director, Kris has travelled 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 governance, management, measurement and evaluation, 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 serves as a director or as an advisory board member for a number of institutions, including Donors Capital Fund, Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust.  He also serves on the boards of Excel Charter Academy and Grand River Preparatory High School.  Kris is active in a number of community organizations including the Economics Club of Grand Rapids, Rotary International, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church.  Professional affiliations include membership in:  The Philadelphia Society.  Kris is married with four children.

Religion & Liberty articles by this author

Why is PovertyCure starting the Outreach Program? Winter 2015
What's left to accomplish in the Acton@25 Capital Campaign? Summer/Fall 2014
Why is 'For The Life of the World' such a valuable and popular film for expanding our audience at Acton? Spring 2014
How Much Progress has Acton made with its Capital Campaign? Winter 2014
Why is the Acton Institute Fighting the city of Grand Rapids for Non-Profit Property Tax Exempt Status? Fall 2013
Why is Acton accepting Bitcoin donations? Summer 2013
Why is Acton Participating in ArtPrize? Spring 2013
Why does Acton publish "In the Liberal Tradition" and why is it important to our mission? Winter 2013
What is the 'Our Great Exchange' curriculum and why is it an important stewardship resource? Fall 2012
How has the Acton Institute broadened its outreach on social media websites? Summer 2012
How does the intern program advance the mission of the Acton Institute? Spring 2012
Why is Acton moving into new headquarters? Winter 2012
What's behind PovertyCure? Fall 2011
Why does the Acton Institute publish the Journal of Markets & Morality? Summer 2011
Why is Acton taking on a project like the translation of Abraham Kuyper's Common Grace into English? Spring 2011
What is Acton doing outside of the United States? Winter 2011
What sets the Acton Institute apart from other free-market think tanks and organizations? Summer/Fall 2010
What is Christian’s Library Press? Spring 2010
Is the Acton Institute a Catholic organization? Summer 2005
Does the Acton Institute advocate specific political positions or candidates? Autumn 2005
What is the extent of Acton's international activities? Winter 2006
I've seen advertisements for Acton University. Is this conference going to replace the Toward a Free and Virtuous Society conferences? Spring 2006
How does Acton communicate its ideas to the world? Summer 2006
What is the Acton Institute doing to support promising young scholars? Fall 2006
How does Acton's Rome office contribute to the mission of the Acton Institute? Winter 2007