Ariel Kelley is the acting CEO and former board chair of Corazón Healdsburg. Ariel oversees 10 programs that serve low-income families in Sonoma County and is responsible for program design and evaluation, fundraising, financial oversight and partnerships. Under her leadership, Corazón was awarded non-profit of the year by the California State Assembly.
Recently recognized as one of North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 notable young professionals for 2019, Ariel also serves as a member of the Sonoma County Planning Commission, an elected assembly district delegate to the state Democratic Party, and has served on the board for Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County.
An attorney by training, Ariel earned both a Juris Doctorate and MBA from Golden Gate University as well as a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Oregon.
Ariel has spent her career as a community organizer and government relations professional. From government relations for America's Cup in San Francisco to serving as the president of the Marina Community Association and the director of the Golden Gate University Alumni Association, Ariel’s community leadership experience is only superseded by her passion for the disenfranchised. As An Ambassador Board member for Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo and a member of the board of Collective Impact, a non-profit aimed at reducing cycles of poverty for African American youth and families in San Francisco, Ariel has made it her life’s work to remove barriers to achieving equity and opening pathways to prosperity for low income families.
Ariel resides in Healdsburg with her husband and two children. When she’s not attending meetings all over Sonoma County, you’ll find her enjoying live music, a glass of Rosé, or cheering on her alma mater… GO DUCKS!