Johanna Chao Kreilick

Johanna Chao Kreilick is director of the Open Society Foundations’ Strategy Unit. Created in 2014, the Strategy Unit supports staff across the network to craft and assess their strategies through three interrelated functions: 1) facilitating individual strategies through the traditional strategy-budget cycle and fostering collaborative strategies; 2) supporting staff to reflect on, adjust, and advance their strategies through results assessment; and 3) helping staff respond to gaps and opportunities in the field by launching new enterprises and pilot projects. 

Kreilick joined the Foundations in 2013 and spearheaded the development of cross-cutting strategies or “shared frameworks,” coordinated evaluations of major grantees within the Office of the President, launched new staff initiatives including the Professional Growth Rotation Program and the Presidential Fellowship, and oversaw the evolution of the former Youth Initiative program, to the current service-oriented Youth Exchange.

Prior to joining the Foundations, Kreilick launched and directed the Justice and Human Rights program at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. Her previous work in justice and human rights includes community organizing, research-to-action policy projects, and international program development. At UUSC, an international human rights organization with a faith-based membership, Kreilick created and led a new program on economic justice that included grantmaking in 10 countries, as well as advocacy and education aimed at strengthening the rights of workers in the informal economy.

Kreilick is a trained mediator and facilitator, and serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including Third Sector New England and the YMCA. She earned a BA with distinction in anthropology from Stanford University and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow in 2005.