Caroline Graham

Executive Assistant to the Founder and CEO

As Executive Assistant to Founder and CEO Vanessa Kirsch, Caroline focuses on calendar management, prioritization of needs and action items, ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and assisting with special projects as needed.

This is Caroline’s second “term” at New Profit as Vanessa’s executive assistant. Caroline came to us in 1999 after nine years at Monitor Group, where she was their first recruitment coordinator and coordinated the premiere launch of three global training programs for new hires worldwide. She loved helping people through the hiring process and ensuring the experience was well run and well done. She added helping animals to the mix when she moved on to spend five years co-managing an animal shelter in mid-coast Maine. She then joined New Profit when it was in its early development and rapidly growing, and she served as the sole administrative person for many years. Most recently, she worked as the Office Manager and Event Coordinator for the Advising and Career Center at the University of New Hampshire for three years. We begged her to come back and are thrilled that she did.

Caroline has known the nonprofit sector was her true calling ever since she was required to hold a volunteer position for one of her college courses. Her first night on the job, as a receptionist at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter, she was so engrossed in talking with the individual guests that she missed every single phone call! Nevertheless, she was the first woman hired to work on a full-time basis in a non-medical capacity. She comes from a closely knit family and her three younger sisters mean the world to her. Her parents were conscientious and supportive and instilled in their children a desire to work hard, to be compassionate, and to be of service. She and her husband make their home in the seacoast region of NH.