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Bob Kelly


President Emeritus, The San Diego Foundation

For more than 18 years, Bob has overseen all activities, programs and asset management within The San Diego Foundation. A longtime San Diegan, Bob built his career in philanthropy over several decades. Prior to joining The Foundation, Bob served as the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society in San Diego and Vice President of Southern California. He also spent significant time with Sharp Health Care, where he served as Assistant to the President, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sharp Health Care Foundations. Bob also worked as Senior Vice President for CCP and Associates – a comprehensive cancer center consulting firm.

Bob’s past community service activities include time spent as a board member of Beauchamp Charities, the San Diego Chamber Foundation, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and the International Community Foundation. He’s also a past President of the UCSD Alumni Association, past Board Chair of Youth for Progress, and past Board chair of San Diego Grantmakers. Bob also spent a number of years as a Board member for the Elsinore Cattle Co., a family-owned for-profit cattle ranch and natural gas company that operated in Texas, Colorado and California.

Currently, Bob serves on the Board of the San Diego Real Estate Foundation, the San Diego Symphony Foundation, the University Club, the Borrego Community Health Society Foundation, The Children’s Initiative, the League of California Community Foundations, and the Vice Chair of the board of Sharp Health Care.

Throughout his career, Bob has originated many programs and projects which have made a significant difference in our community. Camp Reach for the Sky, Endow San Diego, the Charitable Foundations throughout the county, the San Diego Women’s Foundation, the San Diego Charitable Real Estate Fund, the San Diego Disaster Fund and most recently the San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.

Bob Kelly