Kelly Fitzsimmons, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Youth development, K-12 education, college access

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PROFILE: Kelly Fitzsimmons is Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Her bio on the foundation's website shares:

Kelly Fitzsimmons became Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer in 2013.

In this capacity she leads the strategic planning and management of the Foundation’s grantmaking program. She is the keeper and developer of EMCF’s theory of investment, continually refining it and insuring it informs all Foundation initiatives.

She also oversees EMCF’s evaluation activities and its operational learning and knowledge development. 

Fitzsimmons served as project manager for the Foundation’s Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot, developing and testing an investment strategy that raises and coordinates large amounts of upfront capital from like-minded co-investors to fund organizations’ plans to expand to scale and achieve financial sustainability.
Before joining the Foundation in 2007, Fitzsimmons co-founded Zanana Studios, which provides enrichment services to women; LeadWell Partners, a boutique coaching and consulting firm for leaders, boards and management teams challenged by growth and change; and New Profit Inc., a nationally recognized venture philanthropy fund. She has also held management positions in social change organizations and the entertainment industry.

Numerous case studies, books and articles have cited Fitzsimmons for her work in adapting business tools and practices to the nonprofit sector and for her contributions to evolving philanthropic practices. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Fitzsimmons holds an MBA from Boston University.