Kiely is a Consultant at CDA for the Stopping as Success project. She has worked with CDA since 2015 in a variety of capacities. From June 2015 until April 2019, as a CDA staff member, she managed several collaborative learning projects (CLPs) and research & development (R&D) engagements. She started at CDA working closely with BESA consultant Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and CDA colleague Peter Woodrow to design a new corruption analytic framework applying systems thinking approaches. This partnership with Department of State, International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) was a result of the need for better analytic frameworks within the fields of corruption inquiry and criminal justice reform. This work resulted in several co-authored publications from a pilot project in DRC, field research in CAR, and an overarching corruption analysis methodology. Kiely also contributed blog posts on corruption’s adverse effects on different gender groups to the Corruption in Fragile States Blog, now hosted by the Fletcher School’s Henry J. Leir Institute of Human Security.
From January 2018 through April 2019, Kiely focused primarily on supporting CDA’s ongoing collaborative learning projects (CLPs). She managed the SAS project and led field work for three different case studies in Thailand and India. For CDA’s Collective Impact in Peacebuilding CLP, Kiely contributed to one case study, conducting remote interviews in French and collaborating with local partners on the ground who led the field work component.
Prior to joining CDA, Kiely was leading small community development projects for one year (such as sexual and reproductive health classes for middle school youth, adult ESL classes, and partnership with an urban clinic in Villa Guadeloupe supporting families of children receiving anemia treatment, and mothers with high-risk pregnancies) in Managua, Nicaragua. She received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, MA. She is a native English speaker, and professionally fluent in French and Spanish.