Kelly D. Nowlin
Kelly D. Nowlin
Board Member

Kelly Davenport Nowlin is a fifth generation Andrus family member who has been actively engaged in her family’s philanthropy for nearly 20 years. She serves on the board of the Surdna Foundation, a family led social justice foundation started by her great, great grandfather, John Emory Andrus over 100 years ago. Kelly chairs the Andrus Family Program Committee which is responsible for outreach to, and engagement of, nearly 500 Andrus family members and works closely with staff to help guide the Foundation’s program, investment and communications strategies.

Prior to her years at Surdna, Kelly was a founding board member of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), a program launched by Surdna in 2000 as a grantmaking fund for fifth generation family members. She, along with 7 cousins, developed program areas, governance policies, bylaws, mission, strategic vision, and committees of the board of this $4MM fund. Kelly served as Vice Chair, then Co-Chair for four of her seven-year term.

Kelly develops strategies for family foundations and nonprofits and speaks regularly around the country on topics in philanthropy including next generation engagement, social justice and racial equity, power and privilege, impact and evaluation, foundation culture and strategic communications. She currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) and was recently named to the 2020 Class of Fellows for NCFP where she is focusing her efforts on advancing conversations and practice around racial equity in the field of family philanthropy.

In addition to philanthropy, Kelly has nearly 30 years of experience as a media and communications professional, with acknowledged expertise in social media and brand development. She developed and successfully launched two technology startup ventures.

Kelly graduated with honors from Boston College and currently lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

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