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Kayla Klein

Owner & CEO

Kayla Klein is the CEO of Klein Visioneering Group LLC. She has a background in nonprofit management, local, regional and statewide awareness campaigns and network building and strengthening. With over a decade of experience working with nonprofits, advocacy organizations and many boards, Kayla has built the skill set to help set your organization up to achieve. Kayla has a passion to help people advocate for themselves and their passions. Kayla was born and raised in South Dakota and has two young children with her husband Matt. Kayla loves her community and currently serves as a City Commissioner to help strengthen and grow the place she calls home. A quote often heard from Kayla is: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’.   – Mahatma Gandhi  


2021 - Present

Klein Visioneering Group

Owner and CEO

  • Bringing non-profit and for-profit entities closer to fulfilling their missions

  • Filling professional gaps for organizations when necessary 

  • Creating logo, brand designs, messaging, and awareness campaigns for initiatives 

  • Developing capital campaign strategies 

  • Leading statewide advocacy initiative with a vast array of stakeholders, while maintaining commitment to the strategic plan and positive relationships with other statewide groups/initiative leaders. 

  • Early learning specialist representation for South Dakota Public Broadcasting 

  • Donor Relations 

  • Statewide marketing and awareness campaigns


United Way of the Black Hills
Black Hills Reads

  • Lead the campaign for grade level reading initiative from a local to a regional effort and doubled the number of partners involved with United Way of the Black Hills 

  • Wrote and managed the Alliance grant for Early Learner SD efforts

  • Aided in the development of a data dashboard for Black Hills Reads as well as a systems change report that showed tangible results of the program as a successful example of systems change 

  • Created the Early Learner Community Toolkit that was used to create a new granting process and is also used statewide among other communities in SD

  • Successfully led and facilitated local and state meetings and groups to ensure progress and efficiency 

  • Won 2 national awards (Pacesetter and Community Bright Spot) from the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR) for local and state work

  • Became a state leader for GLR in South Dakota 

  • Created and successfully implemented and enhanced additional programing for Black Hills Reads

  • Helped the United Way transition from ‘traditional’ fundraising model to a ‘community impact’ model of fundraising with the successful implementation of Black Hills Reads 

  • Maintained website, newsletters, and social media communication with two separate initiatives effectively and in a timely manner

  • Advocated on a local, state, and federal level


Northern Hills Alliance for Children

Executive Director

  • Direct operations of the Center and 30+ staff

  • Accountable for maintaining Center licensing and remained in good standing 

  • Successfully raised nearly one million dollars in grant revenue within 6 years

  • Established strong and transparent relationships with donors and community leaders

  • Maintaining working relationship with board members and led all board meetings

  • Created, promoted, and implemented countless fundraising events, volunteer coordination, ensured clear lines of communication and thorough follow through. 

  • Creating a yearly budget, staying within budget parameters, providing monthly financial statements    

  • Organization, development, and alignment of committees and tracking progress of NHAC strategic plan

  • Developed Center’s policy to align with the center’s strategic plan, goals, and mission, as well as creating policies to enhance program efficiency, revenue, and oversight

  • Overall strategic planning for the vision and mission of the Center

  • Develop and provide oversight on all PR and marketing efforts for the Center. 

  • Established and maintained a social media following, redesigned our website that is functional, professional, and inviting to clients 

  • Consolidated and paid off large sums of loan debt and successfully wrote a government proposal to expand child care services to a VA location 

  • Successfully received NAEYC accreditation for child care center 

  • Advocated on early childhood issues at the state and federal level – spoke with elected officials individually and in large groups, testified at state hearings and attended Public Policy forums to further the voice of South Dakota’s position 

  • Oversight of the financial obligation and success of the Center

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