Kelly Opot

Program Officer

Kelly oversees grant strategies that further Houston Endowment’s commitment to civic engagement.

Much of Kelly’s career has been focused on innovation and transformation to improve public systems. She previously served as the Executive Director for Collective Action for Youth (formerly Harris County Youth Collective), an organization focused on centering lived expertise to transform the way that youth serving systems support children and families. In addition, her strategic leadership in prior roles helped to inform policy and practice around supportive housing to vulnerable populations in Texas.

Kelly is currently a Board member of the National Human Services Data Consortium and active in Art of Hosting communities. She has also served on the Texas Statewide Dual Status Youth Task Force and Equity in the Center National Advisory Committee.

Kelly is a seventh generation Texan who has lived many other places and enjoys visiting the friends and family scattered across Texas, the U.S. and the globe when she can. She loves cooking for anyone that likes to eat, especially her husband and two children. She balances that with her love of fitness and exercise, and is currently focused on just how heavy she can max in powerlifting. Most Saturdays in the fall she is cheering on the Longhorns.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's of Public Policy (MPP) in Social Policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.