Informed by prior experience working within a foundation, Kelly is assisting the New Commonwealth Fund to sustain its work to disrupt racism and advance equity in philanthropy. Kelly is passionate about creating a more age-friendly culture; she supports the Gerontological Society of America with business development and storytelling to promote the National Center to Reframe Aging and is a grant writer for FriendshipWorks, which creates connections with isolated older adults in Greater Boston. Other long term clients include Boston College High School and Advocates. Kelly helps these and other organizations nurture connections with foundations to enhance the well-being of and expand opportunities for community members across the lifespan.
Kelly first learned the art of grant writing as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in the South Bronx. After graduate school at New York University, she worked as a program assistant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Civic Investments Team. At Casey, Kelly launched a neighborhood grants program for communities of color in East Baltimore and worked to strengthen the foundation’s collaboration with local leaders. In 2003, Kelly moved to New Hampshire to coordinate the New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network. Later, she joined the Endowment for Health as a program director, established the statewide health foundation’s efforts in health equity, and launched a healthy aging initiative. During 14 years at the foundation, Kelly built trusted partnerships with local leaders and philanthropy at the regional and national level.
Kelly earned a Master of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia. Kelly lives in Bow, NH with her husband, two teenagers and an awesome dog. She enjoys bird watching – especially watching the Philadelphia Eagles.