Linda J. Kelly
President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Linda Kelly served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for eleven years. During her tenure, she led the Foundation through a time of impressive and meaningful growth.
Ms. Kelly also provided philanthropic leadership at the state and national levels. She served on the board of directors of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and MetroHartford Alliance, was a steering committee member of the national Community Foundation Opportunity Network, and an active participant on the planning committee of the Larger Community Foundations (U.S.). Previously, Ms. Kelly chaired the Connecticut Community Foundation CEO Network and served on various committees of the national Council on Foundations.
Previously, Ms. Kelly served as a Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC), the agency charged with regulating Connecticut-based utility companies. She participated in international regulatory meetings and served in leadership positions with local and national committees, including an appointment by the U. S. Secretary of Transportation to chair a federal advisory committee on safety standards. In the past, she also served the State of Connecticut as Deputy Commissioner of Banking and as a member of the Public Defender Services Commission.
A significant part of Ms. Kelly’s career was spent in the banking industry, including as senior vice president and general counsel of Shawmut Bank Connecticut and assistant secretary and regulatory counsel of its corporate holding company, Shawmut National Corporation.
A native of North Carolina, Ms. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, and has served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and as a past president of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation. Active in her community, Ms. Kelly has spent decades serving a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations in the Greater Hartford area, often in a leadership position.