Job Title: President
Organization: Newman & Newman
Kelli Newman brings 30 years of communication experience to her position as president of Newman & Newman, where her responsibilities center on formulating strategies, messaging and producing communication tools for both nonprofit and for-profit clients. Prior to joining Newman & Newman in 1996, she spent 11 years as in-house public relations counsel for Baylor College of Medicine (including the DeBakey Heart Center) and Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2012, Ms. Newman was invited to begin serving as an instructor for Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership after co-developing curriculum for the course on Communications for Nonprofits. In 2016, she was added to the CPNL’s Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) program teaching Marketing and Public Relations. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Grand Excalibur, PRSA Houston’s highest recognition of professional standards. Accredited in 1989 by the Public Relations Society of America, Ms. Newman is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and founding member of IGNITE, a by-invitation coalition of executive women with leadership experience in healthcare. Ms. Newman has published several articles regarding communication strategies. Her most recent article for AFP’s Advancing Philanthropy appears in the magazine’s spring 2017 issue. She presented the topic, Successfully Navigating Messaging Milestones, as plenary speaker for the CPNL’s 2017 Best Boards conference.