Elizabeth Kelley Named VP of Philanthropic Partnerships at Urban Institute

CONTACT: Stu Kantor, 202-261-5283, skantor@urban.org

WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2017—Elizabeth Kelley has joined the Urban Institute’s senior staff as vice president for philanthropic partnerships, a new position. Kelley will develop fundraising strategies for Urban and spearhead new partnerships with corporate, individual, and foundation donors.

Kelley was most recently a senior director at Hamilton Place Strategies, an analytical public affairs consulting firm. Previous posts include special assistant to President Obama and chief of staff at the National Economic Council, assistant US trade representative for private sector engagement, and deputy chief of staff for former Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus.

“Elizabeth comes to Urban with a deep knowledge of the issues at the center of our work, well-honed management skills, and a talent for building and maintaining high-level relationships,” said Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell. “As a member of our leadership team, she will develop new opportunities with our philanthropic partners to deliver evidence, analysis, and insights that achieve shared goals.”


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