Our Team

We are dedicated professionals who understand the complexities of philanthropic giving and nonprofit operations. We have deep respect for both donors and nonprofits and the challenges they face. 

Iris Krieg


Iris has more than thirty-five years of experience in philanthropy. Before establishing the firm in 1991, she was the executive director of a family foundation and a corporate giving program. Prior to that, she was a senior staff associate at a major community foundation. She began her career in philanthropy by serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil.

Iris is one of the co-founders of the Chicago Foundation for Women and served as its first board chair. Currently, her volunteer efforts include active participation in associations of donors and nonprofit organizations’ boards. She is often called upon to moderate or participate in panels, workshops and seminars and has received awards and other commendations for her service.

Masters degrees from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago contribute to her expertise.

Lauren Krieg

Vice President​

With a background in education and 10 years as a teacher, Lauren has a strong understanding and interest in children's issues and serves in leadership roles in several initiatives to improve access and equity in education and mental health. Through her multiple responsibilities at Iris Krieg & Associates, Inc., she has garnered experience across a broad array of giving areas including arts and culture and social services as well as different models of grantmaking. Lauren goes the extra mile to ensure that each client's needs are met and that she stays abreast of emerging strategies in philanthropy. She has assisted IKA clients in designing new grantmaking guidelines and manages the day-to-day actvities of multiple foundations.


Lauren has undergraduate degrees from Bryn Mawr College in Spanish and anthropology and a Masters degree from Framingham State College in educational leadership.

Follow Lauren on Twitter - @Lauren_at_IKA 

Shilpa Bavikatte



After a brief time in public relations, Shilpa started working in philanthropy soon after moving to Chicago in 2002. Shilpa’s work is rooted in several elements of philanthropy including diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and nonprofit organizational infrastructure. As a program officer for many IKA clients, Shilpa utilizes her extensive knowledge in such issues as housing, food insecurity, intimate violence, arts/culture, childhood development, and health strategies. An entrepreneurial spirit allows Shilpa to jump into new endeavors with energy to assess potential barriers and opportunities for our clients. Shilpa has sat on several boards that promote youth leadership, housing stability, Asian American issues, mental health and the arts. She and her family also started a family foundation in 2004.

Shilpa has her undergraduate degree from University of Missouri-Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters degree from University of Illinois-Chicago in Public Health.

Betty Jo Joy

Grants Manager​

Betty Jo brings many years of experience in information and office management to our clients.  Her work encompasses the spectrum of client services, including preparing grants lists to performing grants management.   Her strong communication skills, energetic approach to problem solving, and strong commitment to community building enhance our ability to keep projects running smoothly. Betty Jo is a graduate of Calumet College of St. Joseph, with a major in English.

Nettie Snowden

Finance Manager​

Nettie brings a unique set of accounting and finance skills to Iris Krieg & Associates, Inc. obtained from her experience working with large nonprofits. She is responsible for maintenance of client accounts and ensuring that records meet government requirements and the highest accounting standards. Clients also value her common sense approach to providing financial information that is useful and straightforward. Nettie has a B.S. in accounting from DeVry Institute and is nearing completion of her studies to become a CPA. Outside of her professional work, Nettie volunteers with a homeless shelter helping families transition back to self-sufficiency.

Donna Kirkpatrick

Office Manager

Donna has worked in operations, research, and records management for over 20 years in the banking industry. Her works shows her commitment to maintaining proper records and to maximizing back office efficiencies. She puts the needs of the clients first while providing individualized support services.

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