Program Strategy & Investment Lead, Pivotal Ventures
Kelsey Noonan is passionate about the design of innovative, user-focused solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Kelsey is an expert in behavior change for social good - combining deep insights into community and individual behaviors with the analysis of big-data to inform health and development programs. As the Director of Andara Strategies, she serves as a strategy advisor to philanthropists, non-profits and social-impact focused startups.Prior to moving to Seattle, Kelsey spent half a decade working in war-zones. She has briefed NATO generals on the needs of communities in Afghanistan, partnered with UN agencies to expand access to food aid in South Sudan, and managed refugee programs in Syria.On the weekends, Kelsey moonlights as a big mountain climber and skier. She partners with leading outdoor brands to promote the conservation of wild places as well as greater diversity in outdoor sports, and she is happiest in alpine environments. She will be speaking on the theme of courage, and the importance of vulnerability in the face of challenges.