Sonja Kelly
Accion, USA

Sonja E. Kelly is director of research at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. Kelly  conducts and facilitates financial inclusion research at CFI, directing the CFI Fellows Program, developing frameworks to understand critical concepts like financial health and financial capability, and facilitating the Global Microscope research. She serves as research lead on many topics related to financial inclusion. In her own research and work, Kelly focuses on regulation and policy, the role of banks in financial inclusion, and especially vulnerable populations.

Kelly has a doctorate in international relations from American University, where her dissertation focused on financial inclusion policy and regulation. She has previously worked at the World Bank, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and Opportunity International.

Kelly is currently a member of the board of directors of People Reaching People, and has held volunteer positions as president of the Washington, DC, chapter of Women Advancing Microfinance, and as president of the steering committee for Northwest Chicago Young Life. When not at the office, Kelly can be found spending time with her family as they renovate their home in northeast Washington, DC.




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