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Kelty is the director of programs at Educate Texas, focusing on our higher education portfolio, including efforts in dual credit, education-workforce partnerships and rural education. She led the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator initiative, which provided grants for regional teams of K-12, higher education and workforce partners to align STEM degree programs with regional workforce needs.

Prior to joining CFT in 2011, she was the first Early College High School program manager at the Texas Education Agency, where she developed expertise in dual credit and P-16 partnerships and created a designation process allowing school districts and colleges to join the statewide network of Early College High Schools.

Prior to this, she worked in the development office at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Kelty holds a bachelor’s degree in English and studies in women and gender from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a doctorate in education from the University of Texas-Austin.

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"I learned the geography of Texas by working with colleges and school districts across the state. I love visiting all our partners in urban and rural Texas, from El Paso and Roscoe to McAllen and Texarkana, and everywhere in between. So many people care about and work on behalf of students, and Educate Texas allows me to interact with them on a regular basis. My background is in development, and I truly appreciate working for an organization as community-focused and philanthropic as CFT."

Favorite Quote

"I cannot live without books."

— Thomas Jefferson