Colleen Kelly currently serves as Staff Director, where she partners with leadership on organizational strategy and drives design and implementation of SICI’s mission across its full portfolio of work. Colleen leads the design of emerging programs and projects, organizational culture, and the systems and structures that enable SICI’s day-to-day work. A member of the team since SICI’s founding, Colleen has played integral roles in SICI’s launch and growth from executing the launch of the Cheng Fellowship and coaching dozens of student social innovators, to organizing the Rethinking Cross-Sector Social Innovation research conference and setting Initiative-level and programmatic strategy. She is deeply motivated by SICI’s mission to shift and harness power toward positive social progress, and particularly passionate about investing in women’s rights and gender equity.
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.