Kelley Bevans

Senior Technology Strategist

Kelley came to the Pacific Northwest after 20+ years of moving up and down the Eastern seaboard sampling the diversity of humidity.

Kelley believes data and communication are two sides of our most valuable coin, not just at Philanthropy Northwest and in the philanthropic sector, but within civil society. As Philanthropy Northwest's senior technology strategist, Kelley devvelops and operationalizes strategies through which we connect with our communities. She likes nothing better than to build humane systems to help us know and grow our networks and strengthen our communities and coach people to use these systems to solve problems.

Kelley has an M.A./M.Phil. from New York University and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in political science. She can often be found tearing around Seattle by bike, on a standup paddleboard in the Puget Sound, or on Nordic skis in the Cascade Mountains.

Kelley Bevans's blog posts

April 20, 2017

Internal communications pose a significant challenge for organizations with growing teams, expanding services and complex collaborations. Philanthropy Northwest has all of the above, with the additional time zone quirks of our six-state membership network and national consulting team. As part of my ongoing work to help improve our internal communications, I've been leading staff through an experiment in Scrum, "a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value." I first learned about Scrum during my earlier career as a consultant in the tech industry, where it's a widely-used technique in software development, consulting and delivery. But I've long thought that this technique has a lot to offer the nonprofit sector, too, where teams need to constantly generate and reprioritize ideas as we learn more about their impacts on our communities. more »

November 18, 2016

Confession: I had avoided Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference in the past, thinking its huge size would be so overwelming that it would be of no benefit to my work. This year’s gathering brought 170,000 attendees to San Francisco, the equivalent of 20% of the city's population. I could suddenly relate to some of Philanthropy Northwest's newer members, figuring out our suite of workshops and resources, and where they fit in our six-state network of family funds, foundations and corporate giving programs. In both cases, it's helpful to focus on smaller subgroups for shared learning, keep an open mind, find your balance and have fun. more »

January 13, 2016

Collaborating and fostering collaboration among our members is a large part of our work. Effective internal communications practices — sharing information within our organization, as opposed to what you would see on our blog and social media channels — are crucial to our ability to build knowledge within the enterprise and coordinate our activities to maximize impact. Over the past year, Philanthropy Northwest has commited to building our internal communications practices and tools to align them with our growth, increasing remote participation and cross-team collaboration. Here's what we've learned. more »