CEO, Black Innovation Alliance
Kelly Burton, PhD is a political scientist, serial entrepreneur and change agent who leads with passion, purpose, and vision. Today, she is the CEO of Black Innovation Alliance, a national coalition of 116 Black led-organizations which support more than 400K innovators of color across the country.
Burton’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including TechCrunch, Inc., Forbes, Fast Company, Essence Magazine, NBC News, and Marketplace (NPR). She was recently added to the executive board of Fast Company.
In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Burton serves on the board of directors for the Center for Action and Contemplation, founded by Franciscan friar and spiritual teacher, Father Richard Rohr.
An active voice on social media, Burton maintains approximately 80K followers on LinkedIn alone. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University and a doctorate of philosophy from Emory University, both in political science, as well as a certificate in executive education from Harvard University.