Senior Program Officer
Kelley D. Gulley joined Irvine's San Francisco office as a Senior Program Officer in August 2016. She has more than 25 years of experience in community and youth development, workforce development, building capacity in the nonprofit sector, and leading initiatives that engage residents in communities of color throughout the country.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kelley served as Interim Managing Director/Director of Portfolio Management at the Thrive Foundation for Youth in Menlo Park, California. There she implemented a national grantmaking strategy to support long-term mentoring programs operating in urban areas, resulting in high percentages of students graduating from high school and college, many of whom were first-generation students.
Prior to Thrive, Kelley led two nonprofits as President and CEO: the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) in Indiana, and the National Community Development Institute (NCDI) in Oakland. At IPIC, Kelley successfully served and partnered with Republican and Democratic mayors of Indianapolis to create a nonpartisan environment to fully implement the Workforce Investment Act in Central Indiana.
At NCDI, Kelley opened their first Midwest office, managed philanthropy-led community initiatives, and provided the leadership to build capacity for social change in marginalized communities across the nation. Kelley’s faith-based work has included being the Strategic Initiatives Administrator at Eastern Star Church and teaching and preaching as an ordained minister at World Conquerors Church in Oakland.
Kelley graduated from the University of Phoenix, San Jose, with a master's degree in business administration. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in theology and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.