FIRST YEAR WITH IHF
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
M.S. in Child Development, Infancy Specialization, Erikson Institute
B.S. in Sociology, Illinois State University
Kirbi Range (she/her/hers) is a skilled mission driven leader with over 15 years of experience in advocating for the needs of young children, pregnant and parenting people, and families. Kirbi is passionate about health equity, systems change, and collaboration with community. As the Program Officer for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Kirbi focuses on advancing and implementing IECMH grantmaking, enhancing the foundation’s largest special initiative, the Harris Professional Development Network (PDN), and building and creating relationships and partnerships with IECMH grantees.
Prior to joining the Irving Harris Foundation, Kirbi served as the Associate Director of Community Collaboration and Engagement at Northwestern University where she focused on building collaborative and meaningful community-academic research partnerships to improve health equity. Kirbi also recently served as the Associate Director of Birth Equity at EverThrive Illinois where she led capacity building activities ensuring that Black and Brown pregnant and postpartum people receive equitable and high-quality services and supports to have a safe and healthy birth. Kirbi has also held positions within the early intervention space, child welfare, doula and home visiting programing, and early childhood education.