Kelly Burton

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Kelly Burton, Ph.D. is a co-founder of AIM Philanthropy, working with the trepwise team of advisors to make an impact on philanthropic and community organizations both in Atlanta, New Orleans and nationally.

She is the principal of Nexus Research Group (NRG), a full-service consulting firm providing research services and training to non-profit groups, private foundations and public agencies. In this capacity, she manages several consultants in carrying out the work of the firm’s broad clientele. NRG’s clients range in size from national organizations and agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Southeastern Council of Foundations, NAACP and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies to community-based organizations such as the Center for Working Families in Atlanta and Neighborhoods Partnership Network in New Orleans.

Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from Emory University, both in political science. Prior to launching NRG, she served as Senior Researcher for Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships where she contributed to research on a range of metropolitan issues.

In her civic life, Kelly has served on advisory boards for numerous organizations and initiatives including the Atlanta Youth Detention Center, Historic District Development Corporation, and the Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee.  In early 2012, she was selected to serve as one of four "Experts in Residence" with the Foundation Center's Southern Regional Office and from 2011 through 2014, she co-chaired the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, the first equity mapping project of its kind in the southeast.