Board of Directors
FOUNDER, HUMANITY RISES AND KEL & PARTNERS
Kel Kelly is the mom of four kids, a humanitarian, empath, warrior for the underdog, champion for the homeless, refugee advocate, and the founder of Humanity Rises. Kel has been deeply involved and immersed in the refugee crisis since spending time in 2016 at Camp Moria on the island of Lesvos, Greece. In Moria, Kel was one of the many volunteers ensuring the refugees’ basic human needs – food, water, shelter, dry clothing, medical assistance, and comfort – were met after the refugees made the harrowing crossing of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesvos in overcrowded boats wearing fake life jackets the smugglers had sold them. While navigating the sheer chaos of Camp Moria and witnessing their utter desperation, Kel realized she needed to spend the rest of her life looking for ways to restore dignity and ignite hope in the lives of these innocent souls who deal with unimaginable uncertainty every second of every day of their lives. Humanity Rises was created as the path to do just that.
Kel is also the Founder and CEO of Kel & Partners (K&P), the anti-agency agency for public relations and social media. For the past fifteen years, K&P has delivered explosive results for clients like Lola, Zappos, TrueCar, VacationHomeRentals, Cumberland Farms, UNREAL, GLAAD and hundreds of other brands. Instead of talking about business, Kel would much rather talk to you about things near and dear to her heart like giving underdogs a voice. Kel believes her purpose in life can be summed up in the two words she has tattooed on her forearm: Be Kind. Kel spends time every day looking for opportunities to create happiness through kindness in the lives of people who are often invisible or simply need a to know someone cares about them.
Co-Founder, Kayak and Lola Travel
Paul is an entrepreneur who has co-founded numerous companies including Kayak and Lola Travel, where he currently serves as CEO. A highly active philanthropist, he is a co-founder of Summits Education in Haiti and The Winter Walk Boston, which held its inaugural event in February 2017, raising funds for the Pine Street Inn and other homeless services organizations. Paul has also been an unwavering supporter of refugees by providing generous financial support through numerous non-profits.
Senior vp Global Marketing, The Rockport Group
Sue has spent the majority of her career in the footwear and apparel industries as the marketing lead for such companies as Saucony, Sperry Top-Sider and Clarks. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President of The Rockport Group where she also guides the company’s philanthropic efforts including campaigns to provide footwear for the refugee and homeless communities. In addition, she volunteers with Jewish Vocational Services in several capacities including teaching ESL to the immigrant population served by the Boston-based organization. Sue has held board seats with the YWCA, the Canton Council of Aging and Triangle, a non-profit organization dedicated to people with disabilities where she initially held roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer.
President, Kel & PArtners
Ginny is the founder and President of Kel & Partners. Ginny’s philanthropic initiatives involve working with Best Buddies, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the House of Possibilities, an organization focused on making a difference for children, adults and families, living with developmental challenges. Ginny is also actively involved in supporting the Pine Street Inn which provides a comprehensive range of services, including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,900 homeless men and women each day.
John E. Stephenson, Jr.
Partner, Allston & Bird
John is Partner at Allston & Bird. As a trial lawyer, John has spent his professional life fighting for justice for those who need a warrior in their corner. John has been honored by the ACLU for his pro bono representation of plaintiffs in civil rights litigation. He also received the Outstanding Service Award from the Stonewall Bar Association for his work on equal rights litigation.