Kristi Pieper, a La Jolla native, graduated from La Jolla Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, La Jolla High, and the University of Southern California where she received a B.S. in Public Administration with a minor in Business.
Pieper’s love of style led her to become part of “Teens in Fashion” for JC Penney. From there, she went on to management positions at Bullocks-Wilshire and Robinsons-May, before changing careers to banking, becoming a paralegal, and now a property manager, who oversees complexes across the county.
With a passion for volunteerism, Pieper joined the Starlight Society and served on various committees. She became president of and served on the Civic Light Opera Board for six years. Also active with the Junior League, Pieper co-chaired its annual event in 1992 and served on the board until 1994.
In 1995, she joined Globe Guilders, chairing the Oscar de la Renta fashion show in 1996, and the Country Friends’ Autumn fashion show in 1997. She was honored for her philanthropic efforts in 1998.
Active with the Gold Diggers, Pieper chaired its annual “Hats Off” event and became the group’s president, joining the Thursday Group and serving on both the junior and senior boards.
She adopted her first son in 1997, a second son in 1999, and a daughter in 2000. She’s gone on to co-chair the St. Germaine Silver Tea, sit on the Leukemia Society board of directors, and hold various positions with the Salvation Army, whose auxiliary named her a Woman of Dedication in 2000.
In 2004, Pieper chaired the Rady Children’s Hospital Ball and was president of the Children’s Action League. As a member of Las Patronas, she co-chaired the 2010 Jewel Ball. Pieper is currently president of Muirlands Middle School Foundation.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I have been fortunate to have been born and raised in The Jewel … why live anywhere else?
What makes this area special to you?
Not only because of the sunshine and sea, but this area is special due to the strength of its community spirit and neighbors helping neighbors.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I have always wondered why road construction on Torrey Pines begins during the middle of summer and just before race season. It is congested enough on a daily basis throughout the year as we get in and out of The Village and to and from the freeway. I would hope there would another time of year where this process would be considered to ease traffic and a driver’s need for patience.
Who or what inspires you?
My loving parents, Bob and Nancy are my inspiration. They are and have always been dedicated to family, and they are inspired by community involvement. They have both led me to believe that it is better to give than to receive.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Each of these individuals has brought something to the table that has impacted me in some sort of way — whether through talent, good will, compassion, friendship or laughter: JFK, Jr., Princess Diana, Patsy Cline, Bret Michaels, Ellen Browning Scripps, Sheryl Duncan, Chester Cremieux, and Walt Disney.
Tell us about what you are reading.
I’m currently trying to catch up on People Magazine for its “Oscar Picks in Fashion.”
What is your most-prized possession?
Of course my three children are my most treasured possessions, but a positive attitude and sense of humor run a close second and third.
What do you do for fun?
I slip into a little glitz and glam, topped off with some sparkle and bling, and enjoy a special event on the town. A dose of a good reality show doesn’t hurt either!
Please describe your greatest accomplishment.
That would be knowing that at the end of the day, I have made a difference to someone or something that will change a life course to a positive direction.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
If you don’t ask, you don’t know.