Eric M. Kelly
President, Quantum Foundation
Kelly began his career 20 years ago in Florida’s capital city at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in the Bureau of Prevention & Intervention. This position was a good introduction to his professional development and a great match for his personal passion. As a child, he grew up in the housing projects with his mom and two sisters. After witnessing the impact of economic depravity in a community, early in life he developed a passion for helping other families living in poverty who desired a better quality of life.
After a number of years in state government and working in nonprofit organizations to improve the social and educational conditions in local communities, Kelly began his work in philanthropy. The driver of community improvement is economic empowerment and, as the past director of Community Impact at United Way of Palm Beach County, he was responsible for overseeing an annual distribution of $4 million to local nonprofit organizations. After leading funding initiatives for United Way, in 2003 he was recruited to serve as the regional vice president for the Allegany Franciscan Foundation, a multi-million dollar philanthropic organization that provides private grant funding to improve the health of Florida residents.
Today, Kelly is president of Quantum Foundation. In this role he oversees all aspects of the organization, including strategic visioning, contracts, board management, human resource development, and shared oversight of the foundation’s $150 million market investment portfolio and $7 million annual grant-making initiatives in Palm Beach County. Since its inception in 1997, Quantum Foundation has awarded $115 million in grants to nonprofit and educational institutions to improve the health and well being of communities in Palm Beach County.
Eric completed his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and his graduate degree at Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Kirra, have four children: Madison, Mason, Miles and Malachi.