Kelly Shanahan - Kelly Shanahan
Kelly Shanahan has served as CFO of Los Angeles-based Delivering Hope, Inc., since 2009. The non-profit group focuses on collecting excess unused medical supplies from hospitals in the United States and distributing them to maternity wards throughout the developing world. Her responsibilities with the nonprofit organization encompass all financial activities, including fundraising and budgeting. She is currently engaged in summer fundraising activities, which raised nearly $20,000 in 2011.
Shanahan graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where she notably was selected as Wheelwright Residence Proctor and Student Counselor. She was active in ice hockey, lacrosse, and cross-country running throughout her time in preparatory school. Ms. Shanahan earned her B.A. in Human Biology at Stanford University. She minored in English.
Concentrating on Biotechnology and Bioethics, she served as a Research Intern at the school-affiliated John Hopkins Marine Institute in Monterey, California. There in 2005, she studied the extent and severity of global warming by researching marine snail populations in Antarctica, Alaska, and Monterey. Kelly Shanahan also completed her Master of Arts in Sociology at Stanford University, where she focused on social inequality. From 2009 to 2011, she held a Research Coordinator position with Stanford University’s Center for Ethics and Society Research. The project she engaged in sought to assess the impact of pharmaceutical companies in underdeveloped countries.
During her time in university, Ms. Shanahan was highly active in the community, participating in the Kids with Dreams ice-skating program for children with disabilities, and Kappa Alpha Theta. As Philanthropy Chair of the latter group, she assisted in an annual charity run on behalf of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which raised $12,000.