As chief philanthropy officer, Jamie Kelley oversees all fundraising activities that connect the priorities and needs of the National Park System and individual park units to the charitable intentions of our philanthropic partners. With 20+ years of experience in fundraising, Kelley brings an in-depth background in planning, implementing and successfully completing capital campaigns, focusing on team growth and capacity building, and working with donors on all aspects of their philanthropic intentions.
Prior to joining the National Park Foundation, Kelley served as Vice President of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where he successfully implemented strategies that led to the largest fundraising totals in the history of the organization and the first fully funded international tour and the endowing of several new positions in the orchestra, both being the firsts of their kind in over a decade. Prior to his role at the BSO, Kelley spent time at Johns Hopkins University where he culminated his time there as Associate Dean of Development of the JHU School of Nursing. During his tenure as Associate Dean, the list of accomplishments included the first cross-divisional endowed professorship in Nursing, the launch of the most ambitious capital campaign in JHU history, the successful implementation of a new curriculum design and achieving the rank of the top school of nursing in the country.
Kelley, a native of Southern California, graduated from Johns Hopkins University and holds a certificate from the Johns Hopkins University/Stanford University Leadership in Action Program. A resident of the Locust Point community in Baltimore, MD, Kelley is very active in community efforts which include supporting the local jewel, Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Kelley is also an active musician and continues to play drums and percussion with bands and solo artists in the mid-Atlantic region.