We are proud to welcome Bob Kelly, President Emeritus of The San Diego Foundation, as our newest board member. Bob has dedicated decades of his San Diego career to philanthropy and originated several programs that continue to improve our community. We are thrilled that Bob will lend his expert insights to the Hunger Coalition’s team working to ensure that no one in San Diego goes to bed hungry.
For 20 years, Bob Kelly served as President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, overseeing the institution’s activities, programs, asset management and growth. A longtime San Diegan, Bob built his career in philanthropy over several decades. Prior to joining The Foundation, Bob served as Executive Director of American Cancer Society in San Diego and Vice President of Southern California. His career includes significant time with Sharp HealthCare, where he served as Assistant to the President, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer for Sharp HealthCare Foundations. Bob also worked as Senior Vice President for CCP and Associates – a comprehensive cancer center consulting firm. Most recently, Bob served as Executive-in-Residence at National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy.
Bob serves on the boards of Leglar Benbough Foundation, Borrego Community Health Society Foundation, Voice of San Diego, Hubbs Sea World and San Diego Hunger Coalition. He is Board Chair of Sharp HealthCare and President of Borrego Valley Endowment. Bob’s past community service activities include time spent as a board member of Beauchamp Charities, San Diego Chamber Foundation, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Symphony Foundation, the University Club, The Children’s Initiative, League of California Community Foundations, and International Community Foundation. He is past President of the UCSD Alumni Association, past Board Chair of Youth for Progress, and past Board Chair of San Diego Grantmakers. Bob also spent a number of years as a board member for the Elsinore Cattle Co., a family-owned for-profit cattle ranch and natural gas company that operated in Texas, Colorado and California.
Throughout his career, Bob has originated many programs and projects which have made a significant difference in our community including Camp Reach for the Sky, Endow San Diego, the Charitable Foundation Affiliates throughout the county, San Diego Women’s Foundation, San Diego Charitable Real Estate Fund, San Diego Disaster Fund and, most recently, the San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.