Donald Kelly

Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies Department


B.A., St. John’s University
M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago
Accredited Financial Counselor
Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant
At Eastern Since 1991


Don Kelly recently retired as the Director of Community and Economic Development for the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition where he created and managed programs to connect low- and moderate-income communities to the resources of mainstream financial institutions. Prior to this, Don managed community reinvestment for PNC Bank and was Senior Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In his youth he was a Community Development Specialist with the Peace Corps in Guatemala and a community worker with Catholic Charities of Chicago. Currently, Don is collaborating with JoAnn Flett to revamp the MBA in Economy Development.

Don and his wife, Christine, have been residents of Haverford Township since 1986. They have two grown children in the area. He served on the board of the Haverford Township Adult School for four years; co-founded the community gardening group, Haverford Green; and has been on the Civic Council board since 1997. He served as president of the Civic Council from 2005-2009. In 2005 Don led the effort to organize the Citizens Task Force for Commercial Revitalization as an initiative of the Civic Council. He has served as coordinator of the Citizens Task Force since its founding, and played a leadership role in launching the Hometown Partnership for Economic Development.

Courses Taught

Urban Planning and Policy Analysis, Neighborhood Economic Development, Community Revitalization and Public Policy


  • Kelly, C., Kelly, D., & Marciniak, E. (1988). Non-profits with hard hats: Building affordable housing. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs.

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