Kellie serves as the Director of Operations for Innovate Birmingham. She has previous experience leading non-profit organizations in the areas of change management, strategic planning and sustainable fund development. With a reputation as an intuitive problem solver, strategist, and natural born researcher; her “wins” include everything from leading six figure peer-to-peer virtual fundraising campaigns for Magic Moments and LAPS for CF – to driving technical assistance for Alabama Association of Nonprofit’s sustainability review of 98 nonprofit organizations in Central Alabama – to serving as the lead Project Manager for Birmingham’s 2018 Innovation Week; a week-long celebration of events that showcase Birmingham’s tech – ecosystem, provide access to capital for startups, and engage tech talent in the city. In her current role at Innovate Birmingham, she is responsible for fiscal management and creating both lean and efficient processes to help the organization scale and exceed key performance indicators.
As an AmeriCorps alumna, she has an affinity for community service and currently gives her time and talents to various non-profit organizations in the southeast, which includes serving on the boards of directors for Ruffner Mountain and Urban Impact. Kellie is a two-time graduate of Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public of Administration, with a concentration in Economic Development.
In her free time, Kellie enjoys engaging in outdoor sports and serving as Alabama’s Team Leader for Outdoor Afro, a national organization with the expressed mission to “celebrate and inspire African-American connections and leadership in nature.” When she’s not managing projects, leading kayaking adventures on the Coosa River or climbing mountains — you can find Kellie in her kitchen alongside her husband, serving as his designated “sous chef” or chasing after their two small children.