Associate Vice President, Development
Becca leads teams that work on cancer initiatives, the Institute for Protein Design (IPD), the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), basic sciences, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and sports medicine, education and alumni relations and international initiatives, as well as corporate and foundation relations. She is also responsible for UW Medicine’s principal gifts program and is the liaison with UW central advancement’s principal gifts team.
Becca brings 26 years of development experience to UW Medicine. She started her career at her alma mater, Dickinson College, where she held positions in prospect research and annual giving. In 1995, she joined Duke University’s development team where she led the reunion giving program. Becca and her husband, Kji, moved to Seattle in 1999, where she served as the director of individual giving for the Seattle Symphony. In 2001, she was promoted to serve as development director and completed the $159 million campaign to build Benaroya Hall. Becca joined Swedish Medical Center in 2004 and helped lead their $130 million campaign as the vice president of development. The campaign for Swedish was the first major campaign in the medical center’s history. After 10 years at Swedish, Becca joined UW Medicine in 2014.
Becca received a B.A. in policy and management studies from Dickinson College and a certificate from the executive development program at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at UW. She is married to Kji Kelly, who also works in the nonprofit sector as the executive director of Historic Seattle. They live on Vashon Island with three children (Jack, Kate and Davis) and a yellow lab (Zeus).