Team & Board

Senior management

Colleen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Colleen Kelly has been CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S. since 2017. She brings to the organization three decades of advertising and marketing leadership, which has infused new energy and expertise into Concern’s growing engagement of private sector partners, as well as geographic and tactical expansion of marketing and fundraising efforts in the U.S.

It’s part of a board-driven initiative to generate more income to support Concern’s mission, built on a long track record of program effectiveness and efficiency. This includes a strengthening of Concern’s U.S. government funding portfolio and evolving private funding strategies to include corporate partnerships, social impact investing, and new streams of individual donor engagement at all levels.

In addition to leading a team of 50 professionals in the U.S., she is a member of the Board of Directors as well as the global senior management team, ensuring maximum coordination and programmatic impact.

She has traveled to Concern programs in Lebanon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Bangladesh to strengthen ties and help expose donors directly to the work their generosity makes possible.

Before joining Concern Worldwide U.S., she served as Managing Director of SET Creative, helping establish a rapidly growing New York practice for the leading, Portland-based global brand experience agency. Prior to that, she was for five years a partner and Managing Director of Triptent, where she was responsible for strengthening the agency’s advertising practice while leveraging its award-winning creative and production capabilities to meet clients’ growing content needs. It was an approach that ultimately drove 200% growth over just two years, winning key accounts such as Unilever and PetSmart.

Concurrently, from 2008 — 2013, she served as Managing Director of Product of the Year USA, engineering the North American launch of the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, which had been founded in France more than two decades earlier. Product of the Year’s mission is guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation, and under Colleen’s leadership, the organization achieved its standing as a now widely accepted seal of approval. She served as lead sales and marketing strategist, forging media partnerships and winning the participation of leading consumer brands; and as public ambassador, representing the cause at conferences and in television appearances.

Earlier, Colleen spent more than a decade as a founding partner, Media Director, and ultimately Director of Business Development for the advertising agency Deutsch LA. The fourth employee hired, she was part of a dynamic team that drove the agency’s exponential growth from start-up to major industry force. Among her many achievements: building a 60-person media planning team from the ground up; generating more than $1 billion in new business billing; opening the agency’s Toronto office to manage growing Canadian business; and guiding the agency’s positioning, philosophy, and marketing strategies, ultimately establishing Deutsch as one of the boldest, most innovative voices in advertising.

Before joining Deutsch LA, and after graduating from Boston University’s School of Management, Colleen spent a decade working in media planning and direction at Vic Olesen & Partners and Dailey & Associates.

She is the former President of the Los Angeles Association of Advertising Agencies, as well as the former Executive Vice President and an originating board member of ThinkLA, a non-profit organization established to build awareness of the Los Angeles creative community, provide education and training, and create social and philanthropic events, with a focus on innovation, diversity, and multi-cultural representation.

Colleen is also a member of the Kelly Gang, a charitable organization that brings together prominent figures in the areas of media, publishing, business, sports, and politics, who all happen to share the surname ‘Kelly.’ In honor of early member Michael Kelly, the longtime editor of Atlantic Monthly, who died in 2003 covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Kelly Gang holds an annual benefit, which has to date generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

A native of Pinehurst North Carolina, she now makes her home in New York City.

Kirk Prichard

Vice President for Programs

As the Vice President of Programs for Concern US, Kirk manages the team responsible for all US funded programs and policy, a portfolio totaling more than $50 million USD in 16 countries, reaching over 8 million people.

Kirk also oversees Concern’s involvement in a growing collection of programs designed to improve humanitarian coordination and response, namely the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership and the Building a Better Response program. Kirk has personally facilitated over 40 workshops, training more than 1,000 humanitarian professionals in practically every humanitarian setting.

He brings to this role more than a decade of experience, including humanitarian deployments with Concern in Afghanistan from 2008-2009; the 2011 Horn of Africa food security crisis; Typhoon Haiyan (2013) in the Philippines; the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal; the Syria Crisis (Lebanon); the 2016 Burundi emergency; and the 2017 Somalia food security crisis. During his tenure with Concern, he has worked in and with 21 countries on everything from monitoring and evaluation to capacity building to project design.

A proud native of New Jersey, Kirk received his Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Dara Burke

Vice President for Individual Giving & Events

As Vice President for Individual Giving & Events, Dara heads up Concern’s Individual Giving team in New York, which includes major gifts, special events, employee giving, and monthly giving, collectively raising over $4.6 million annually. Dara’s primary focuses are building strong and lasting philanthropic relationships with key stakeholders, as well as growing individual giving revenue more broadly.

Along with more than 10 years of experience in public service, Dara brings a lifelong commitment to preserving and protecting basic human rights and dignity, stemming from her experience growing up in Nairobi, Kenya.

Starting her career at ActionAid International, Dara joined Concern Worldwide in 2006. Her first responsibilities included Office Manager and assisting the Executive Director. A year later, she traveled to N’Djamena, Chad, as Concern’s Liaison Officer, hiring personnel and setting up in-country operations. She then transitioned to fundraising, rising to Development Manager overseeing the strategy and execution of six major annual fundraising events, major gift solicitation, and direct mail. Dara has helped guide and develop strategies to increase donor retention, exceed fundraising revenue goals, and triple event income. Her experience at Concern also includes time as Concern’s Foundation Relationship Manager, where she was responsible for a portfolio of foundation and corporate partners, raising $4 million annually. In early 2016, she was appointed Director of Individual Giving.     

Dara holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in French from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Born in Geneva, Switzerland with dual Irish and American citizenship, Dara currently lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.

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Colleen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Colleen Kelly has been CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S. since 2017. She brings to the organization three decades of advertising and marketing leadership, which has infused new energy and expertise into Concern’s growing engagement of private sector partners, as well as geographic and tactical expansion of marketing and fundraising efforts in the U.S.

It’s part of a board-driven initiative to generate more income to support Concern’s mission, built on a long track record of program effectiveness and efficiency. This includes a strengthening of Concern’s U.S. government funding portfolio and evolving private funding strategies to include corporate partnerships, social impact investing, and new streams of individual donor engagement at all levels.

In addition to leading a team of 50 professionals in the U.S., she is a member of the Board of Directors as well as the global senior management team, ensuring maximum coordination and programmatic impact.

She has traveled to Concern programs in Lebanon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Bangladesh to strengthen ties and help expose donors directly to the work their generosity makes possible.

Before joining Concern Worldwide U.S., she served as Managing Director of SET Creative, helping establish a rapidly growing New York practice for the leading, Portland-based global brand experience agency. Prior to that, she was for five years a partner and Managing Director of Triptent, where she was responsible for strengthening the agency’s advertising practice while leveraging its award-winning creative and production capabilities to meet clients’ growing content needs. It was an approach that ultimately drove 200% growth over just two years, winning key accounts such as Unilever and PetSmart.

Concurrently, from 2008 — 2013, she served as Managing Director of Product of the Year USA, engineering the North American launch of the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, which had been founded in France more than two decades earlier. Product of the Year’s mission is guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation, and under Colleen’s leadership, the organization achieved its standing as a now widely accepted seal of approval. She served as lead sales and marketing strategist, forging media partnerships and winning the participation of leading consumer brands; and as public ambassador, representing the cause at conferences and in television appearances.

Earlier, Colleen spent more than a decade as a founding partner, Media Director, and ultimately Director of Business Development for the advertising agency Deutsch LA. The fourth employee hired, she was part of a dynamic team that drove the agency’s exponential growth from start-up to major industry force. Among her many achievements: building a 60-person media planning team from the ground up; generating more than $1 billion in new business billing; opening the agency’s Toronto office to manage growing Canadian business; and guiding the agency’s positioning, philosophy, and marketing strategies, ultimately establishing Deutsch as one of the boldest, most innovative voices in advertising.

Before joining Deutsch LA, and after graduating from Boston University’s School of Management, Colleen spent a decade working in media planning and direction at Vic Olesen & Partners and Dailey & Associates.

She is the former President of the Los Angeles Association of Advertising Agencies, as well as the former Executive Vice President and an originating board member of ThinkLA, a non-profit organization established to build awareness of the Los Angeles creative community, provide education and training, and create social and philanthropic events, with a focus on innovation, diversity, and multi-cultural representation.

Colleen is also a member of the Kelly Gang, a charitable organization that brings together prominent figures in the areas of media, publishing, business, sports, and politics, who all happen to share the surname ‘Kelly.’ In honor of early member Michael Kelly, the longtime editor of Atlantic Monthly, who died in 2003 covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Kelly Gang holds an annual benefit, which has to date generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

A native of Pinehurst North Carolina, she now makes her home in New York City.

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Kirk Prichard

Vice President for Programs

As the Vice President of Programs for Concern US, Kirk manages the team responsible for all US funded programs and policy, a portfolio totaling more than $50 million USD in 16 countries, reaching over 8 million people.

Kirk also oversees Concern’s involvement in a growing collection of programs designed to improve humanitarian coordination and response, namely the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership and the Building a Better Response program. Kirk has personally facilitated over 40 workshops, training more than 1,000 humanitarian professionals in practically every humanitarian setting.

He brings to this role more than a decade of experience, including humanitarian deployments with Concern in Afghanistan from 2008-2009; the 2011 Horn of Africa food security crisis; Typhoon Haiyan (2013) in the Philippines; the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal; the Syria Crisis (Lebanon); the 2016 Burundi emergency; and the 2017 Somalia food security crisis. During his tenure with Concern, he has worked in and with 21 countries on everything from monitoring and evaluation to capacity building to project design.

A proud native of New Jersey, Kirk received his Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

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Dara Burke

Vice President for Individual Giving & Events

As Vice President for Individual Giving & Events, Dara heads up Concern’s Individual Giving team in New York, which includes major gifts, special events, employee giving, and monthly giving, collectively raising over $4.6 million annually. Dara’s primary focuses are building strong and lasting philanthropic relationships with key stakeholders, as well as growing individual giving revenue more broadly.

Along with more than 10 years of experience in public service, Dara brings a lifelong commitment to preserving and protecting basic human rights and dignity, stemming from her experience growing up in Nairobi, Kenya.

Starting her career at ActionAid International, Dara joined Concern Worldwide in 2006. Her first responsibilities included Office Manager and assisting the Executive Director. A year later, she traveled to N’Djamena, Chad, as Concern’s Liaison Officer, hiring personnel and setting up in-country operations. She then transitioned to fundraising, rising to Development Manager overseeing the strategy and execution of six major annual fundraising events, major gift solicitation, and direct mail. Dara has helped guide and develop strategies to increase donor retention, exceed fundraising revenue goals, and triple event income. Her experience at Concern also includes time as Concern’s Foundation Relationship Manager, where she was responsible for a portfolio of foundation and corporate partners, raising $4 million annually. In early 2016, she was appointed Director of Individual Giving.     

Dara holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in French from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. Born in Geneva, Switzerland with dual Irish and American citizenship, Dara currently lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.

Ed Kenney

Vice President for Communications

Ed Kenney is a communications executive with diverse experience over a two-decade career spanning the private and nonprofit sectors. He started his career at the Boston-based strategic communications firm McDermott Ventures, then a small start-up, and remained on the team for ten years. Over that time, he helped the firm grow into a thriving practice, managing client accounts in commercial real estate, energy, community housing development, and public affairs. He rose to the position of Senior Vice President and led the spin-off of an entertainment management and communications practice.  

During his tenure at McDermott Ventures, he also studied nonprofit management and communications at Suffolk University, where his capstone project was the production of a half-hour documentary that aired as an episode of The Visionaries public television series. It would become one of a number of television projects he helped produce for nonprofit and entertainment clients.

His relationship with Concern Worldwide U.S. began in 2004 as a pro bono consultant providing video coverage of their programs in Haiti, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. In 2007, he joined the organization as a full-time member of the communications team whose early responsibilities included writing, editing and helping the organization build its in-house capacity in video and field communications. He went on to serve as part of the emergency team responding to the 2010 earthquake, and assumed management of the communications team in 2012.

He has helped guide the organization’s vision for communications growth through two strategic plans, a major national digital marketing campaign, a full-scale web re-development, brand strategy initiatives, team expansion, and ultimately its emergence into a leading content creator in the international NGO sector. He was appointed Vice President in 2016.

His favorite activities are those involving his wife, Allyson, and their precocious toddler daughter, Grace.

Kristen Packett

Chief Finance Officer

Kristen is an experienced executive with a focus on financial and operational management in complex global markets. She is passionate about international humanitarian and development efforts, especially around women’s and children’s issues. Throughout her work on projects throughout the US, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, she has always strived to weave this passion into her life and career goals.

As the Chief Finance Officer for Concern Worldwide US, Kristen ensures the financial health and integrity of the organization while driving business operations to maximize returns and mitigate risks. She is dedicated to formulating unique solutions and opportunities that will ultimately enhance Concern’s level of maturity, assessed through a financial and operational lens.

She has a multi-functional background operating at both the strategic and operational level in large corporate and NGO environments. Prior to joining Concern, she served as the Finance Lead for global development projects with Lockheed Martin and Pacific Architects & Engineers, and is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Financial Leadership Development program. Kristen obtained her BA in Business from The George Washington University, was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Business Process Solutions President’s Team Award, and is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She has worked in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Dubai, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone.

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Ed Kenney

Vice President for Communications

Ed Kenney is a communications executive with diverse experience over a two-decade career spanning the private and nonprofit sectors. He started his career at the Boston-based strategic communications firm McDermott Ventures, then a small start-up, and remained on the team for ten years. Over that time, he helped the firm grow into a thriving practice, managing client accounts in commercial real estate, energy, community housing development, and public affairs. He rose to the position of Senior Vice President and led the spin-off of an entertainment management and communications practice.  

During his tenure at McDermott Ventures, he also studied nonprofit management and communications at Suffolk University, where his capstone project was the production of a half-hour documentary that aired as an episode of The Visionaries public television series. It would become one of a number of television projects he helped produce for nonprofit and entertainment clients.

His relationship with Concern Worldwide U.S. began in 2004 as a pro bono consultant providing video coverage of their programs in Haiti, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. In 2007, he joined the organization as a full-time member of the communications team whose early responsibilities included writing, editing and helping the organization build its in-house capacity in video and field communications. He went on to serve as part of the emergency team responding to the 2010 earthquake, and assumed management of the communications team in 2012.

He has helped guide the organization’s vision for communications growth through two strategic plans, a major national digital marketing campaign, a full-scale web re-development, brand strategy initiatives, team expansion, and ultimately its emergence into a leading content creator in the international NGO sector. He was appointed Vice President in 2016.

His favorite activities are those involving his wife, Allyson, and their precocious toddler daughter, Grace.

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Kristen Packett

Chief Finance Officer

Kristen is an experienced executive with a focus on financial and operational management in complex global markets. She is passionate about international humanitarian and development efforts, especially around women’s and children’s issues. Throughout her work on projects throughout the US, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, she has always strived to weave this passion into her life and career goals.

As the Chief Finance Officer for Concern Worldwide US, Kristen ensures the financial health and integrity of the organization while driving business operations to maximize returns and mitigate risks. She is dedicated to formulating unique solutions and opportunities that will ultimately enhance Concern’s level of maturity, assessed through a financial and operational lens.

She has a multi-functional background operating at both the strategic and operational level in large corporate and NGO environments. Prior to joining Concern, she served as the Finance Lead for global development projects with Lockheed Martin and Pacific Architects & Engineers, and is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Financial Leadership Development program. Kristen obtained her BA in Business from The George Washington University, was the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Business Process Solutions President’s Team Award, and is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She has worked in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Dubai, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone.

Board

Joanna Geraghty

Chairperson, Concern Worldwide U.S.
President & Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue Airways

Jim McShane

Vice-Chair, Concern Worldwide U.S.
CEO, The McShane Companies

Joan Carroll

Treasurer, Concern Worldwide U.S.

Colleen A. Kelly

CEO, Concern Worldwide U.S.

J. Jeffrey Assaf

Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, ICG Advisors

Joseph M. Cahalan


Dolores T. Connolly

Founder, Sterling Engineering, Inc.

Denise Cox

Vice President, Americas CX Center, Cisco

Jumana Culligan

Founder, Paper, Ribbon and Wrap, LLC

Donal d’Arcy

Operations Manager, OGP, Republic of Ireland

Kevin Fortuna

Founder & CEO, Lot18

Scott Gutterson

Attorney, The Law Offices of Scott Gutterson

Michael Houston

Worldwide CEO, Grey Group

Edward J.T. Kenney

Mutual of America (retired)

Edward R. McCarrick

Executive Vice President, ICON International, Inc.

John Murphy Esq.

Principal, John Murphy Law

Shane Naughton

Managing Partner, Artech Holdings

Denis O’Brien

Chairman, Digicel

Deirdre O’Connor

Managing Director, Blackrock Group

Frances O’Keeffe

Volunteer, Concern Worldwide (IRL)

Barbara O’Reilly

Global Network Director, RSA Group

Stephanie Pappas

CEO, MCS Brands

Brendan Ripp

Operating Partner, Attention Capital

Madeleine Schachter

Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

Margaret (Peggy) M. Smyth

Chief Financial Officer, National Grid

Gemma Toner

Founder, Chart One Media

John Treacy

Chairperson, Concern Worldwide (IRL)
CEO, Sport Ireland

Angelina Vieira

Advertising & Marketing Consultant

Frank Wall

Senior Vice President, Turner Broadcasting

Kate Waters

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley