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Damyn Kelly, J.D., Ph.D. Candidate

Doctoral Student

Damyn Kelly


December 13, 2017

Damyn Kelly, J.D., Ph.D. Candidate


Damyn Kelly serves as the president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of New York, an organization with an operating budget of more than $60 million, 650 employees and 39 sites.

Lutheran Social Services provides the following services and programs: early childhood education, foster care, supportive and residential housing, immigration/refugee legal services, food pantries, a medical clinic and a school serving grades 3 through 12. In addition, Kelly also serves as the treasurer of Black Agency Executives (BAE) and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Disaster Interfaith Services. He has more than 20 years’ experience as the chief executive of social service organizations.

He is a graduate of Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law. Kelly is currently a doctoral candidate at the Adelphi University School of Social Work.

His dissertation research is focused on understanding the perceptions of black males who hold executive leadership positions in human service organizations despite institutional and cultural racism and bias in the sector. He hopes through this study to identify those factors that explain the characteristics necessary for black males to attain in the human service field. His interest in this topic is due to a severe underrepresentation of black male executives within the nonprofit sector.
For Kelly, “to whom much is given, much is expected” is the rationale for his commitment and passion for serving those in need.


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