Kristi Ayers serves as the Associate Program Manager for the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), with focus on the One Workforce Industry Infinity Initiative. Kristi’s role includes convening Michigan Works! Agencies, Community Colleges and industry to enhance talent pipelines in cyber security, advanced manufacturing and transportation.
Kristi has various leadership experiences within formal and informal education systems. Kristi has provided program facilitation and leadership at Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, 4-H Youth Development, MSU’s GEAR UP and TRiO programs, Tall Turf Ministries, Olney Friends School, Andrews Osborne Academy. Her previous work with WIN includes leveraging business relationships with K-12 education in support of the MI Bright Future platform in West Michigan. Kristi received recognition from MSU Extension for communications and diversity in programming.
Kristi’s experience in community services includes managing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) poverty prevention programs for the Area Community Services and Training Council (ACSET) and Kent County government. She also served as a delegate in the Emerging Leaders Series at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered with the National Kidney Foundation for over 20 years.
Her undergraduate studies concentrated on Community Engagement and Education in the Community Sustainability Department at MSU and she received a master’s degree in Community Services from the MSU Department of Human Development and Family Studies.