Kelly Beckner joined The Wilderness Society in October 2014 as Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer, supporting a number of projects across the organization. Before joining TWS, Kelly was the Manager of Foundation Relations at the Center for American Progress where she focused on raising funds for policy research and projects on a wide range of hot-topic issues – from immigration and foreign policy to women’s rights and healthcare.
Prior to transitioning into a philanthropy career, Kelly managed cultural events at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, taught English language courses in Florence, Italy, and managed client relations with international students at Kaplan International Center. She holds a BA in Art History from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. When she’s not working on grant proposals or reports, Kelly is planning her next travel adventure, cooking for friends, sweating through a boxing class, or playing fetch with (wo)man’s best friend, Tank.