Kelly was one of the longest-serving appointments (4 years) at the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) ( ), a startup at the White House, founded by President Obama in August of 2014 to recruit engineers, designers, and product managers from Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon to work on some of the largest, most complex problems in government: healthcare, immigration, and veteran benefits.

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Kelly and her team shipped more than 40 Veteran-facing digital products at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ( For the past 18 years, Kelly has led large ($20M-$2.3B), complex technology projects in both the public and private sectors at organizations including Deloitte, Gartner, and Goldman Sachs. Shes presently a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group.   Kelly has an undergraduate degree from Fordham University (BA, English Literature) and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers College (MA, English Education) and New York University Stern School of Business (MBA, Finance). Kelly has been an instructor at Georgetown University’s Project Management Certificate Program since 2014, and helped design the online program in 2016. She has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. Shes a passionate patient advocate in the opioid crisis and gave a TEDx Talk, My Introduction to Narcan in 2017.