Piedmont Healthcare Foundation Staff

Our dedicated staff members are critical to achieving the Foundation's mission and goals.

Kelly Kerner

Kelly Kerner

President, Chief Philanthropy Officer


Current Responsibilities

Kelly Kerner is the President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation. In his role, Kelly leads and coordinates efforts among all philanthropic programs at Piedmont and positions philanthropy as an important and functional part of its culture. Kelly serves as a member of the Piedmont Leadership Team, providing counsel to System Leaders and Foundation Leads regarding the system's vision, strategic plans, and philanthropy operations.

Prior Experience 
Kerner served as vice president for development and alumni relations and as executive director of the University of Georgia Foundation. At UGA, he worked with the university president to set the university's philanthropic objectives for increasing the endowment and annual support and strengthening relationships with the university's top donor prospects. He also served as the primary contact with the university's board of trustees and oversaw a team of more than 250 development/alumni relations professionals and support staff. His tenure at UGA began in 2014. Before joining UGA, Kerner served in various roles in development offices at small colleges in the Northeast.

Education, Awards and Community 
Kelly received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder. Among his professional associations, Kerner served as a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission on Philanthropy from 2010 to 2013.

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