Kelly Kirkpatrick has been working with Olive Grove since 2007, and joined the staff as an Associate in Spring 2010. Kelly left her hometown of Davis, California to attend college at Northwestern University, and moved back to Northern California after graduation.
At Northwestern, Kelly was one of the co-coordinators of the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP), a one-year fellowship program that provides recent Northwestern graduates with employment in public interest organizations, mentorship opportunities with NU alumni, and weekly educational and professional development seminars. During her three years with NUPIP, Kelly helped build relationships with organizations and alumni across the country, developed program infrastructure, and spearheaded the program's expansion initiative to open sites in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco, in addition to Chicago-area fellowship placements. She currently serves as an alumni volunteer coordinator for the program in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In her work with foundations and nonprofit organizations in Chicago and Northern California, she has become interested in innovative philanthropic approaches to organizational capacity building, specifically around developing capable young leadership for the nonprofit and public sectors. She has done research on the effects of generational leadership transitions in nonprofit organizations, the impact of small grants programs on grantee capacity building, how AmeriCorps programs influence participant civic engagement, and other related topics.
Kelly graduated Summa cum Laude from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy in 2009 with a BS in Education, majoring in Social Policy and a Certificate in Service Learning.