Kristin Roth-SchreferCommunications Director
As communications director, Kristin Roth-Schrefer manages the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s internet presence, internal and external communications, branding, media relations and a small portfolio of grants funding non-profit media projects that advance the foundation's mission. She also supports and advises the communications work of three operating foundations that run under the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's umbrella: the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the Duke Farms Foundation and the Newport Restoration Foundation.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2011, Roth-Schrefer was a vice president at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, where she developed content and communications related to firm-sponsored philanthropy and employee volunteerism, and a communications manager at American Express, where she helped the American Express Foundation communicate its then-new charitable giving strategy and the launch of its “Partners in Preservation” initiative. Roth-Schrefer also spent many years as a journalist and editor for a variety of media and publishing companies, such as Billboard, McGraw-Hill, MTV News, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, Scholastic, Shape, Spin, USA Today, VHI and Vibe, among others.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has been the recipient of the American Express Corporate Affairs & Communications Award for Excellence, the Hearst Tower Award for Best Reporting and the Award of Excellence from the North American Travel Journalists Association.