New York City Area
Vice President of Operations + Managing Director
Kelly has spent the last two decades partnering with nonprofits to match their aspirations with effective organizational and fundraising strategy. An expert in strategic planning, philanthropic strategy, fundraising leadership, and board and staff development, she brings a change-management approach to organizational transformation. She has worked with a wide array of missions across the nonprofit sector, from healthcare and education to arts and culture and social justice.
At SDSG, Kelly leads the firm’s business operations to ensure it is positioned to do what it does best – provide superior solutions to its clients. Kelly also collaborates with the leadership team on the firm’s growth strategy. Prior to joining SDSG in 2022, Kelly was Managing Director at Orr Group where she led the Strategy Practice Area and was a member of the firm’s leadership team. In her role, Kelly designed and implemented strategies for nonprofits to realize their fundraising potential. Her experiences ranged from developing and managing $100M+ campaigns to leading and reorganizing development teams for growth to establishing proactive major and planned giving programs.
Kelly previously worked at Share Our Strength where she first developed her love of fundraising from managing fundraising events and building partnerships with national corporations to support the effort to end childhood hunger.
After growing up in Minneapolis, Kelly graduated from The George Washington University. Kelly now lives in Bloomfield, N.J., after several years in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y.