Ilona Kramer

vice president

Ilona Kramer: vice president, nonprofitsIlona Kramer advises nonprofit and cultural clients on how to successfully navigate the process of accessing capital and operating funding from the City Council and city agencies.

Ilona joined Kasirer with nearly a decade of experience working for local governments. Most recently, she worked for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as an Innovation Program Director within the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. In this role, Ilona oversaw cross-departmental projects in the Transportation Department, Housing Innovation Lab and Budget Unit.

From 2012-2014, Ilona served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, where she oversaw the Council Member’s legislative agenda and budget process. In this role, Ilona led the Council Member’s advocacy on amendments to the City’s budget process and served as his primary liaison between nonprofit groups requesting funding and the City staff tasked with administrating millions of dollars in capital and expense grants to hundreds of nonprofit groups citywide.

From 2008-2012, Ilona worked in the New York City Campaign Finance Board, where she held a variety of roles – the most recent being Deputy Director of External Affairs.

Ilona holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic research focused on creative financing solutions for city and county municipalities. Ilona advised several nonprofits during her time in California and was a consultant for the Alameda County Fund Development Office, the County’s pilot cross-department grant-writing program. Ilona advised the County on how to streamline applying for government funding and developed a blueprint for how other municipalities could centralize grant-writing activities.

Ilona holds a BA in Government from Wesleyan University, where she graduated with honors.