Colleen Kelly, Director of Development

Colleen joined The Group Plan Commission in August 2021 after ten years of fundraising for arts organizations including The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, moCa Cleveland, and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has broad experience rooted in creating individual giving programs, grant writing, board relationships, event planning, organizing donor travel, and articulating an organization’s mission and vision.


In her role as Director of Development, Colleen oversees all aspects of The Group Plan Commission’s fundraising program, from research and proposal development to engagement, recognition, and stewardship. She loves to cultivate relationships with other people who love Cleveland and are committed to participating in the city’s success.


Colleen earned a BA at Kenyon College, an MA at Case Western Reserve University, and completed the Management Fellow Program with Chicago’s Development Leadership Consortium. She lives in Cleveland Heights, is an avid runner, and programs a weekly radio show on WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland.

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