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Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley

Vice President for Philanthropic Partnerships


Elizabeth Kelley is vice president for philanthropic partnerships at the Urban Institute, where she leads the fundraising and outreach strategy for Urban’s development team.

Before joining Urban, Kelley worked at Hamilton Place Strategies, advising clients on public policy and public affairs. Before that, she served in the Obama administration as special assistant to the president and chief of staff to the National Economic Council. Kelley advised the director of the National Economic Council on policy and operational issues. She managed the council’s staff and led its coordination with executive office senior staff, agency staff, and external stakeholders.

Before her service in the White House, Kelley was assistant US trade representative for private-sector engagement, where she worked with stakeholders to advance US trade policy.

Before joining the executive branch, Kelley worked in the US Senate as chief of staff to Senator John Walsh of Montana. Before that, she was deputy chief of staff and political director to then-Senator Max Baucus, former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and former ambassador to China.

Kelley graduated with degrees in political science and sociology from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.


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