Spotlight: Kelly Dowling, ’09, MBA, CFRE

Senior Director of Development

Kelly Dowling

From managing a vegan cooking school, to running an antique shop specializing in high-end mission furniture, to riding a helicopter over Volcano National Park, Kelly Dowling has done it all! And now, she can add being senior director of development for the CBA to her list of accomplishments.

Although she received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University, with a double major in Fine Arts and Humanities, in 2009 she graduated with her Professional MBA from UCF. Prior to working at the Foundation, Dowling spent four years developing private support for the Orlando Museum of Art and the International Fringe Theater Festival. In addition, she was a small business owner for many years, specializing in American and English Arts & Crafts furniture.

When not working, Dowling has a thirst for adventure. "I've long had the goal to visit every national park in the U.S...I spent six weeks living in a tent on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. I've been lost overnight in White Sands National Monument; I led a mule train up...the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and have taken a Hummer off-roading to Dead Horse Point." She and her fiancé John are also avid hikers, taking extended trips into the wilderness during the summer months.

With her new position, she will be working with the dean to deliver private support to the college from alumni, industry and foundations around the nation. “I’ve been with the UCF Foundation for six years and spent much of my time traveling the country developing philanthropy for the university at-large. It is an honor to be able to join the team at CBA and focus my efforts on providing resources for our programs, faculty and students,” she stated in regards to her new position. "I am in the business of helping good people do good things for other good people. I am lucky. I get to measure my success by those terms every day."