Kellie Nadler

Deputy Director
Renewing Communities

Kellie Nadler is the Deputy Director of Renewing Communities, a statewide systems-change initiative aimed at increasing higher education opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians. In her role, she supports the project’s mission by developing resources, providing technical assistance to programs throughout the state, and managing the implementation of Corrections to College California’s projects. Kellie is a practitioner of human-centered design and was part of Stanford University’s first Designing for Social Systems cohort.

In addition to her work with Renewing Communities, Kellie serves on two committees for Spark, a philanthropic network of young professionals aiming to improve the lives of women around the world.

Prior to working for the Opportunity Institute, she was a lecturer in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University where she taught creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and introduction to college-level research. As a non-traditional educator, Kellie worked to integrate college students’ social and emotional needs into academic learning. During her time at Eastern Michigan University, she taught incarcerated women, adults struggling with literacy, marginalized youth, and college students.

Kellie holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with a focus in community engagement from Eastern Michigan University.

kellie@theopportunityinstitute.org