Kiely joined CDA in 2015. For several years, she worked 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.
Since January 2018, Kiely has focused primarily on supporting CDA’s ongoing collaborative learning projects (CLPs). She is managing the Stopping as Success project, focused on understanding responsible approaches to transition or exit from development and peacebuilding contexts, collaboratively implemented by Peace Direct, Search for Common Ground and CDA. In this, Kiely leads case study field work in Thailand and India and is currently planning a regional consultation to share and expand on the case study findings in southeast Asia in 2019. For CDA’s ongoing Collective Impact in Peacebuilding CLP, Kiely was a contributing case writer for the ‘Boendoe’ case, 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 also studied 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.