Kelly Burton is a political scientist, serial entrepreneur, and change agent who leads with passion, purpose, and vision. She is the CEO of Black Innovation Alliance, a national coalition made up of 65 Black led-organizations which support more than 300K innovators of color across the country. She is also the Founder of Nexus Research Group, a social impact firm that works with foundations and large-scale nonprofits to help them catalyze change in local communities and Founders of Color (FOC), a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. Kelly also serves on the board of directors at the Center for Action and Contemplation, as well as on advisory boards for SXSW Pitch and the Emory University Center for Ethics. Kelly was recently added to the Executive Board of Fast Company magazine, where she is a regular contributor. She has two hard-earned degrees, a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University, both in Political Science.