Colleen Kelly

Staff Director

Colleen Kelly supports strategy development and leads the day-to-day implementation of SICI’s work. She is deeply motivated by SICI’s mission and working to empower students to advance solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. A member of the team since SICI’s founding, Colleen executed the launch of a pilot version of the Cheng Fellowship in 2015 and now works collaboratively with SICI’s Leadership Team to set Initiative-level and programmatic strategy, designs SICI activities, provides coaching and advising to student social innovators, and oversees program execution across SICI’s portfolio of work.

Previously, Colleen supported research and educational efforts in global philanthropy at HKS’ Hauser Institute for Civil Society, including an executive program for nonprofit leaders. While at Hauser, she co-authored, From Prosperity to Purpose, a report that explores philanthropic giving and social investment among high net worth individuals and families in six Latin American countries. Before joining Harvard, Colleen was a Program Associate at The Philanthropic Initiative, where she coordinated activities of New England International Donors, a regional affinity group of donors working to change the world through their philanthropy. She has worked internationally for Mujer y Comunidad (Nicaragua), La Esperanza Granada (Nicaragua), and as an intern at UK Parliament. Colleen received her B.A. from Northeastern University in International Affairs and Political Science and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.