About Barra


Kristina L. Wahl, President

Kristina L. Wahl joined The Barra Foundation as a Program Officer in 2010 and became President in 2013. Prior to joining Barra, she worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts as a Senior Associate and then as a Program Officer. She also served as Managing Director of Marketing and Development at the Transitional Work Corporation, which at one time was the largest urban transitional jobs program in the country. After graduating from La Salle University, Kristina joined the Vincentian Service Corps and served as a volunteer at Covenant House in New York City. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has served on the Board of Trustees at La Salle University, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and La Salle Academy, an elementary school for at-risk youth located in North Philadelphia. She currently serves on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Campaign Cabinet and is a member of Villanova University’s Department of Public Administration Advisory Board. Kristina grew up in Ambler, PA and feels a strong allegiance to the Greater Philadelphia region.

Kate Houstoun, Program Officer, Health and Human Services

Kate joined The Barra Foundation in July 2012. Prior to joining Barra, Kate served as Managing Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, which is a membership organization of 400+ companies that seek to improve their social and environmental impacts. Previously, Kate served as Deputy Director for The Doe Fund, a New York-based nonprofit that serves formerly incarcerated and homeless adults through housing, drug treatment and workforce development services. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Kate worked in rural Mexico with American Friends Service Committee where she coordinated an international volunteer program. She holds certificates in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College and Essentials of Management from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of GreenLight Fund Philadelphia’s Selection Advisory Council and Impact100.

Kristi Poling, Program Officer, Arts & Culture and Education

Kristi joined The Barra Foundation in July 2012. Prior to coming to the Foundation, she was an attorney practicing in the areas of Public Finance and Redevelopment. Her previous nonprofit experience includes working with Philagrafika, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, the Camden Redevelopment Agency and The Pew Charitable Trusts. She received her undergraduate degree from Temple University and her law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden. She is a past recipient of the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Governor’s Executive Fellowship. She has served on the Boards of The Print Center and Spiral Q Puppet Theater and The Wistar Institute’s Leadership Council.

Stephanie Mullen, Administrative Assistant

Stephanie joined The Barra Foundation as an Administrative Assistant in July 2012. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Largo, FL as a Program Support Associate. She also worked for CoreTech Consulting as an onsite Training Coordinator and GSI Commerce, Inc. as an Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Purdue University.

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