Thomas Kelly leads 3ie’s agenda to strengthen evidence cultures and to develop practical solutions to facilitate evidence use.
Thomas has over 25 years as an executive, researcher, and practitioner working to bring evidence to bear on efforts to improve development outcomes. Prior to joining 3ie, Thomas served as the Deputy Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where he was responsible for strategic direction and technical oversight of MCC’s Monitoring and Evaluation, Economic Analysis, and Development Policy divisions. Previously, he also served as the Managing Director for the Threshold Program, Managing Director for Development Policy, and the Senior Director for Economic Policy at MCC.
Thomas was a member of the Economics Faculty at Middlebury College, a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya, and has taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico. He began his career working in community-based NGOs in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Thomas holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.