Industry expert Carrie Kelly, who serves as the Managing Director of the Site Selectors Guild, has launched a full-service nonprofit and association management firm, Pick It Up! Management & Consulting. Kelly serves as Founder and CEO.
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The firm provides administrative and financial management, project management support, fund development, event planning, website management, and interim CEO assistance to associations and nonprofits. Consulting services include strategic planning, board training, and organizational assessment. Branding and marketing services include social media management, graphic design, and content creation.
“Embarking on a journey of launching a full-service association and nonprofit management and consultant firm is not just a venture, it’s a commitment to empowering our clients through innovative strategies and services to assist them in fulfilling their purpose,” Kelly said. “We have built an incredible team with expertise in management, strategic planning, project management, event management, marketing, and financial services that stands ready to assist organizations large to small.”
Kelly was selected as the Managing Director of the Site Selectors Guild in June after more than three years leading the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). While with AAED, Kelly completed the organization’s first long-range strategic plan, revamped the organization’s certification for economic developers, debuted new programs including Economic Development for Elected Officials, and won the highest honors from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its Economic Development Week campaigns in 2020 and 2021.
Kelly came to the AAED from Downtown Santa Barbara (DSB), where she served as Executive Director. During her time at DSB, she spearheaded a public-private partnership to conduct an economic development asset mapping of Santa Barbara and led advocacy efforts. She oversaw the development of the organization’s first strategic plan and led efforts on programming in the downtown. During her time, the city increased funding of DSB for marketing and special events. For her efforts, she was named a 40 Under 40 by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Prior to joining Downtown Santa Barbara, she was Executive Director of the Mohave Community College Foundation, where she secured the largest donation in the college’s history and established the Kathy Hodel Most Outstanding Student Award – a first-of-its-kind award, gifting $10,000 annually to a Mohave Community College graduate.
A native of Indiana, Kelly worked as Local Government Services Director at McGaughey & Sosbe Law Offices for 11 years, leading economic development efforts and advising local governments on ordinances and policies. She also worked as a nonprofit consultant in Indiana, assisting with fundraising, strategic planning, and rural community development.
Kelly holds a B.A. in art history and Master of Public Administration from Indiana University. She was named a Leader of the Year and was nominated for Association Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times, named an AZ Business Leader, and was listed among People to Know in Economic Development and the Most Influential Women in Arizona byAZ Big Media.