Kelly Medinger was appointed Executive Director of the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation in December 2012. She joined the Foundation in March 2011 as the Program and Communications Associate.
Kelly's experience in the philanthropic giving arena spans more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Knott Foundation, she was the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Maryland, where she convened inter-disciplinary teams of faculty and staff to develop proposals for applications to federal, state, and private funding sources. While at Stevenson, Kelly wrote and submitted proposals that resulted in more than $6.6 million in commitments to the University. She also worked closely with the University's Board and Campaign Cabinet members to successfully complete a comprehensive campaign that raised $20.4 million.
Before moving to Baltimore in 2007, Kelly was a Program Officer at The Goizueta Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, a private foundation founded by the late Robert C. Goizueta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. There, she managed an average of $10 million in new grants annually, as well as a portfolio of over $50 million in active grants to organizations in numerous sectors, including early childhood education, Catholic primary/secondary education, youth development, and arts and culture, to name a few. Preceding that, Kelly began her career at Coxe Curry & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm in Atlanta.
Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and French. Her studies included one year abroad in Angers, France, where she was enrolled at a local Catholic university. She also holds a Master’s of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
Kelly and her husband, Jason, live in Towson with their Border Terrier named Rockne.