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Co-interim Executive Director
Kelly Stevelt joined the Wexner Center in April 2019 and currently serves as the center’s co-interim executive director with her counterpart, Megan Cavanaugh. Kelly oversees development and government relations, marketing and communications, the Department of Learning & Public Practice, Art & Resilience programming, and the Wex’s accessibility work. She and Megan share responsibility for management of the Wexner Center Foundation Board, human resources, budgeting, and institutional meetings. They also colead an ongoing process to adopt and implement a new strategic plan. Kelly serves as the executive liaison for the Wex’s Equity Working Group as well as the Staff Engagement Committee. She recently joined the Wexner Center Foundation Board as a trustee. Before stepping into these new roles and responsibilities, Kelly served as the center’s chief advancement officer.
Prior to the Wex, Kelly served as director of development and affinity for the Columbus Metropolitan Library where she was liaison to the library’s 501(c)3 Foundation and 501(c)4 Friends of the Library. This role brought her back to Columbus from the Washington, DC, area where she worked for the University of Maryland at College Park and the American Alliance of Museums.
A longtime Buckeye, Kelly earned both her Master of Arts degree in Arts Policy and Administration and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics from The Ohio State University before serving as the inaugural deputy director of Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space and fundraising for Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Early in her career, she worked for the Jefferson Avenue Center and now proudly serves on its board of trustees. Kelly resides in Bexley, Ohio, with her husband, Jesse Cantrell; their two daughters, Sloane and Claire; and their dogs, Napoleon and Ziva.