Our Staff

Joanne Kelley

Executive Director

Joanne leads the organization in its efforts to provide education and advocacy for Colorado’s philanthropic sector. Before transitioning to her role at CAF, Joanne spent much of her career in journalism with news agencies, magazines and daily newspapers in Denver, Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago, working to inform the public about a wide range of subjects including Wall Street, Congress, high technology and the social profit sector. Joanne brings other experience to CAF including several years working for a management consultancy on the Innovation team that planned and hosted CEO summits and educational seminars for diverse groups of executives.

Joanne serves on the board of the Washington-based Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the national network of philanthropy-serving organizations, and previously served on the board of Colorado Society of Association Executives. She was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Wells College in upstate New York.

Joanne has a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and graduated from Wells College with a B.A. in Spanish and History. She also completed a nonprofit journalism fellowship sponsored by the Knight Foundation at the University of Mississippi and took part in El Pomar Foundation’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program in 2012.

Brooke E. Petit

Member Engagement and Program Manager

Brooke plays a pivotal role in serving our members, working with partners and ensuring the success of all our programs. Prior to joining the Colorado Association of Funders in 2016, Brooke worked for CAF's colleague organization in Connecticut. Brooke first started with the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy as its Data/Public Policy Intern working to keep its membership up-to-date regarding charitable giving legislation, and spearheading its “Get on the Map” campaign. She joined the organization full-time as Special Projects Manager, acting as team lead for the annual report, Giving in Connecticut. During her time at CCP, Brooke also managed programming and served as logistical contact for 12 funder networks.

Brooke worked in the Executive Office of the President of Providence College and has volunteered for several social sector and nonprofit organizations, including: Providence Children’s Museum, Dorcas International, Gifts of Love CT and ASI (Apoyo, Solidaridad, Integracion) Juvenil in Peru.

Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Providence College in R.I., where she graduated Cum Laude and was among the top-ranked students in the Sociology department. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology.