Kelly Hurd, Diversity Chair
recently joined Cook Inlet Tribal Council
(CITC) as the Director of Development and is responsible for stewarding relationships and raising funds to sustain the organization's critical programs and services.
Established in 1983, CITC
administers 35 culturally-appropriate programs designed to assist individuals and families achieve their endless potential.
Prior to that, Kelly served with the American Red Cross of Alaska for 9 years in the capacities of Community Relations Manager (2001-2005) and Director of Development (2005-2010).
Kelly serves in several volunteer capacities with the American Red Cross, including membership on the Advanced Public Affairs Team, acting as a Red Cross spokesperson with national media during high visibility disasters and is an instructor for International Humanitarian Law.
In addition, Kelly is a member of the International Response Team of the American Red Cross, and has been assigned to relief operations in Kosovo, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Haiti.
Kelly served in the US Peace Corps as a Health Educator in Cameroon, West Africa from 1992-1995.
She is an Honorary Commander with Elmendorf Air Force Base and in 2005 was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
Kelly received a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine, and is currently working towards her MA in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary's University Minnesota.
is a firm believer in the power of philanthropy to strengthen communities -- and loves the quote by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does."