Kristi Burre, MA
Kristi Burre is the Director of Children’s Initiatives for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The Governor’s Children’s Initiative focuses on child well-being and drives improvements within the many State programs that serve children. In this role, she works to improve communication and coordination across all state agencies providing services to children. She also engages local, federal, and private sector partners to align efforts and investments to have the largest possible impact on improving outcomes for all of Ohio’s children. Priorities include enhancements and advancing policy related to home visiting, early intervention services, early childhood education, foster care, and child physical and mental health.
Kristi previously served as the Director of the Office of Children Services Transformation, at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, where she led Ohio’s children services and foster care reform efforts. This role included overseeing a nimble policy team and the Governor’s Children Services Transformation Advisory Council focused on improving services to some of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, children impacted by abuse and neglect, and children in foster and kinship care.
Prior to her state leadership role, Burre worked in the child protection field for over 20 years in the capacities of caseworker, supervisor, administrator, trainer, and director. She has been a trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and the Safe and Together Institute. She has also held leadership positions for many state and local organizations committed to better protecting children and strengthening families, including the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, and the Ohio START Steering Committee.
Burre holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, criminology and psychology from Capital University and a master’s degree in sociology from Ohio University.