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Naomi M. Kelly

Naomi M. Kelly is the founder and owner of NK Strategies, which advises and brings about positive change in large institutions by focusing on ways to increase workplace and operational efficiencies, increased customer service, and employee engagement. The goal is to increase organizational productivity and performance, based on data informed strategies, organization design and change management through an equitable, racially diverse, and inclusive lens.
Ms. Kelly has 20+ years of leadership experience, including 9 years as a City Administrator directing/managing all aspects of day-to-day operations for municipal government (City & County); acting as a general manager & chief of staff representing the Mayor & Board of Supervisors as Chief Administrator executing policy, legislative processes, PR strategy, and finance/budget management, ensuring effective operations management, workflow, and workforce productivity across programs & projects. Ms. Kelly is currently a Board of Trustee for the University of San Francisco.
As a Drew Board Member Ms. Kelly hopes to ensure that comprehensive policies are established to support the developmental needs, quality of life, health and safety and general welfare of the Drew student body. Additionally, she wants to safeguard Drew’s financial stability and economic health. Finally, and most importantly, Ms. Kelly supports a diverse student body at Drew to foster global and inclusive understanding.
Ms. Kelly, a native San Franciscan, was the first woman and African American to serve as City Administrator of the City and County of San Francisco.  She received her undergraduate and law degrees, respectively, from New York University, and the University of San Francisco.  Ms. Kelly is a member of the California State Bar.  She and her husband and their two sons reside in San Francisco.
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