Today is a special moment in the history of Voices for Children. Today, we have the privilege of officially welcoming Kelly Capen Douglas, Esq., as our new President & CEO.
We invite you to watch this short video to hear directly from Kelly about what drew her to Voices for Children and the message she wants to share with our CASAs and supporters.
In July, the Board of Directors announced Kelly’s appointment following an extensive search. A native San Diegan, Kelly has spent the last 26 years serving San Diego’s legal and nonprofit higher education communities. Most recently, she was the General Counsel of the University of San Diego since 2005, where she led the university’s legal department and was the chief legal advisor to the Board of Trustees. Before joining USD, she was a partner at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP (now Dentons). Kelly received a law degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University.
An engaged community volunteer, Kelly currently serves as Vice Chair of the Goodwill Industries of San Diego Board of Directors, and has been active in various leadership roles with the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She was honored by both organizations for her service, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from Goodwill and the First Decade Award from NACUA. She was recognized as one of San Diego’s top general counsel by the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego Daily Transcript, and most recently was a 2019 recipient of the First Chair Award, which recognizes in-house counsel around the country who have made significant contributions to the legal community.
Kelly and her husband, J.D. Douglas, Chief Financial Officer at the Challenged Athletes Foundation, have two adult children, Courtney and Collin, who are students at Stanford University.
In the weeks and months ahead, Kelly will be spending time with our team, launching a strategic planning process, and connecting with many of you as valued supporters of our mission. Please join us in welcoming Kelly to Voices for Children!