Thomas Kelly, Jr.


Strengthening social impact investments and strategies to be accountable for achieving pragmatic and measurable results for people and communities. Designing and implementing evaluation and knowledge-building approaches that engage people in complex systems change that strives to be ethical, equitable, anticolonial, and antiracist.

“In most of the evaluations I have managed or conducted, rarely is the challenge about measuring the program’s intent or evidence of effectiveness – the challenge is usually the system and context issues that prevent quality implementation and equitable results.“


KEL Advising    PRINCIPAL 2021 to present

Hawai‘i Community Foundation    VICE PRESIDENT FOR EVALUATION & IMPACT 2012 to 2020

Annie E. Casey Foundation    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF EVALUATION 1999 to 2012

Evaluation consulting    1990 to 1999


The George Washington University 1995

Master of Public Health (MPH), Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Harvard College 1986

AB cum laude gs, Psychology & Social Relations


American Evaluation Association DIRECTOR 2020 to 2022

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations DIRECTOR 2011 to 2016

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers DIRECTOR 2009 to 2012

Advising, Facilitation & Collaboration

Foundation Evaluation Directors, Community Foundation Knowledge Group, Funder & Evaluator Affinity Network, Philanthropy Northwest Regional Community Foundation Network Steering Committee, American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles Task Force, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations CEO Search Committee, The Foundation Review manuscript reviewer

Recent Presentations

Conference Keynote 2021 to 2030: Mapping Hawai‘i’s Evaluation Future, Hawai‘i Pacific Evaluation Association, Oct 12, 2020.

Training Workshop Planning and Managing an Evaluation Contract: What the textbooks do not teach us, Hawai‘i Pacific Evaluation Association, July 23, 2020.

Recent Publication

Evaluating for the Bigger Picture: Breaking Through the Learning and Evaluation Barriers to Advancing Community Systems-Change Field Knowledge. 2019. Kelly, T., Brown, P., Yu, H. C., & Colombo, M. The Foundation Review, 11(2).


tom @ tomeval . com