Washington, D.C. - Seely, who began working at Special Olympics in May, has worked extensively in the development
field and brings to Special Olympics widespread experience in
corporate partnerships and fundraising strategy. She is leading
Special Olympics' development team of 24 which is comprised of
corporate relations, major gifts, annual giving, event fundraising,
direct marketing and online giving.
Prior to joining Special Olympics, Seely served as the Senior
Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the United Service
Organization (USO) headquartered in Washington, D.C. She joins the
Special Olympics leadership team that reports to Janet Froetscher,
Chief Executive Officer, and will lead the global team from Special
Olympics International office in Washington, D.C.
"We are thrilled to have Kelli join our team," shared Janet
Froetscher, Special Olympics CEO. "Her strong background in
identifying sustainable resources and long-term partnerships is a
great fit for our movement, especially as we ramp up for our
Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles, CA
in July of 2015 and build out our global youth marketing
As the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at
the USO from 2008 - 2014, Seely doubled fundraising within five
years to $129 million, managed a team of 35 staff, and cultivated
several corporate partnerships, including Proctor & Gamble,
Coca-Cola, and American Airlines, to increase revenue by 450%.
Prior to her move to D.C., Kelli made her mark on several
organizations in California. As President and CEO of Make-a-Wish
Foundation from 2004-2008, she designed and implemented new
fundraising campaigns, such as 'A Season of Wishes', and created
successful planned gift programs. From 1999-2004, Kelli served as
President and CEO of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce &
Visitors & Conference Bureau, where she re-established the
trademark for the City of Beverly Hills and led a re-branding
initiative. Finally, in the mid-1990s, she served as President and
CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce where she led
their business initiatives and fundraising programs.
Seely joins Special Olympics International at a pivotal time as
the organization is embarking on its first-ever global youth
marketing campaign. The latest annual census, taken in May of 2013,
shows Special Olympics reaching new milestones of growth with more
than 4.5 million athletes participating in over 80,000 competitions
around the world. Special Olympics Programs have worked tirelessly
to add new and enhanced initiatives in the areas of education,
health, youth engagement, and research and family support and
continue to welcome more coaches, volunteers, and athletes.
Seely is a native of Southern California. She and her husband
Jeff reside in Washington, DC and have one daughter, Lauren who is
a sophomore at Mt. Holyoke College.