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Trista Harris - How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar. Minneapolis, MN, US

Trista Harris Trista Harris

How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar

Minneapolis, MN, UNITED STATES

Philanthropic Futurist and Next Gen Evangelist





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Trista Harris is nationally known as a passionate advocate for new leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She is a leading voice for Generations X and Y and seeks to create professional development opportunities throughout the sector. Trista has been featured on CNN and her work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the New York Times, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Career Builder, and numerous social sector blogs. She writes about generational change in the foundation field in her blog, New Voices Of Philanthropy and is an international speaker on working across generations to create social change.

Industry Expertise (3)




Accomplishments (1)

Author of "How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar" (professional)

Top nonprofit bloggers Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris have co-authored the first book of its kind to offer career advice beyond just getting your foot in the door of a nonprofit organization. Do you feel stuck in your nonprofit career? Unsure how to take that next step? How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is an accessible, do-it-yourself map of how to navigate the nonprofit sector and gives you the tools that you need to move from entry level to leadership.

Education (2)

University of Minnesota- Humphrey Institute: Masters of Public Policy, Public Policy

Howard University: B.A., Sociology and Political Science

Affiliations (5)

  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • World Future Society
  • Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
  • Trista Harris & Co.

Testimonials (4)

Robert Egger, President of DC Central Kitchen | Nonprofit Rockstar Leadership Intensive

“Young people are part of America’s most educated, diverse and “connected” generation. Many of them reject the notion that they must choose between making a living and doing good, and they are flooding into the nonprofit sector to make their mark. That’s why “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar” is such an important book. Rosetta and Trista have chosen amazing examples that will arm these eager young believers with the tools they will need to move up and make their mark but more importantly, that will also help them evolve from young idealists into powerful thought leaders.”

Skip Rutherford, Dean of the clinton School of Public Service | Clinton School Speaker Series

Thank your for coming, your remarks got rave reviews!

Wy Spano, Professor, University of Minnesota | Public Policy Student Presentation

Never before have we had a presenter that all students gave a top ranking to. Your remarks were challenging and informative.

Jennifer Cornish Creed, Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations | Hawaii Nonprofit Conference

Thank you again for your wonderful contribution to the conference. I enjoyed your plenary tremendously!

Event Appearances (4)

Opening Plenary: Cultivating Leadership Across Generations

Hawaii Nonprofit Conference  Honolulu, Hawaii


6 Ways to Rock Your Nonprofit Career

Clinton School of Public Service Speaker Series  Clinton School, Arkansas


Building Bridges Across Sectors

Grantee-Grantor Dialog  Greater Houston United Way


6 Ways to Rock Your Public Affairs Career

Career Center Learning Series  Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Humphrey School Office of Career Services


Sample Talks (1)

6 Ways to Rock Your Nonprofit Career

Do you feel stuck in your nonprofit career? Unsure how to take that next step? In this session you’ll learn how to develop meaningful nonprofit experience, build a strong network, establish a strong personal brand, achieve the elusive work/life balance, and move on up in your career. Learning Outcomes: • develop expertise • build a strong network • establish a great personal brand • practice authentic leadership • plan for balance • move on up



  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


1000 to 7500