Previously, Ms. Gambrell served as Director of the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund, and in executive positions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Currently, she is a board member for the following organizations: Southern Bancorp, Little Rock, Arkansas, which is one of the nation’s largest CDFIs; Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a membership organization for microbusinesses; Opportunity Finance Network, a CDFI trade association; The Low Income Investment Fund, a national CDFI focused on education; and Raza Development Fund, the largest Latino CDFI in the country.
In 2017, Kelly launched Founders of Color (FOC), a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. Today, FOC has more than 4K users in 40+ states, with members ranging from earlyistage tech startups to multi-million dollar companies. She is also the founding co-convener of the Black Innovation Alliance, a national coalition of ecosystem leaders committed to ensuring African-Americans have fair access to the innovation economy.
Kelly’s work has been featured in numerous publications, among them Tech Crunch, Fast Company and Essence Magazine.
In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she has served as a regular contributor for HuffPost and currently serves on the Advisory Board for SXSW Pitch. She is a mentor for numerous entrepreneur communities including Praxis Labs and Echoing Green and is a very active voice on social media, with approximately 70K followers on Linkedin alone.
Kelly has two hard-earned degrees, a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University, both in Political Science.