Kelsey McCarthy

Assistant Director of Donor Advised & Grants Services

Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Through the Global Poverty minor, she received a fellowship to work with a small NGO in Cape Coast, Ghana, where she developed and implemented a peer health education program in a local village. Kelsey’s interest in public health, community outreach, and fundraising led her to work for a nonprofit healthcare system in Southeast Los Angeles County, where she evaluated the local programs the health system funded, conducted financial reporting of the system’s community benefit activities, and helped oversee the healthcare foundation’s grants management program. She also sat on the board of a health-focused collaborative in Whittier, California, called Activate Whittier. She brings experience in grants management, public health initiatives, and program evaluation to CAF America

What inspires me to do what I do
When we work together, we can achieve a greater impact in our communities and around the world.

Nicknames
Kels, Kelsita

Book that moved me
Mountains Beyond Mountains

A person I’d love to meet
Paul Farmer

Likes
Coffee, Travel, Concerts, Wine, and Yoga

Slogans for life
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag

Guilty pleasure
My guilty pleasure is researching and planning my next international trip.

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I am also a great event planner. I have helped plan several 700-person black-tie galas.

Thing that really baffles me
I am baffled by people who do not love a big cup of coffee in the morning.

Favorite meal
It’s a tie between an authentic Greek salad with fresh feta cheese or tacos with homemade guacamole and salsa.

Random fact about me
My favorite music festival is Outside Lands in San Francisco, because it combines my love of great food, wine tasting, and live music in Golden Gate Park. 

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