Kelly Walters

Bold Challenges Research Development Officer


​Office of the Vice President for Research                                  1109 Geddes Ave., 1300 Ruthven Building                                  Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Phone: 734-764-1185

Kelly joined the Bold Challenges initiative in 2023 to support large-scale interdisciplinary research endeavors at the University. In her role, Kelly works with faculty to facilitate collaborations, support complex proposal development, and to provide resources that help develop and grow team science. Prior to joining the Bold Challenges Team, Kelly spent several years in the research administration space with Huron Consulting Group, Grand Valley State University, and Corewell Health. Prior to her work in research administration, Kelly was a clinical social worker focusing on the child welfare system and specializing in trauma-informed evaluation and therapy for children and families. From Grand Valley State University, Kelly holds a Master of Social Work, Master of Public Administration, and B.S. in Public and Nonprofit Administration.  Kelly continues to be passionate about supporting her community, advocating for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations, and volunteering for the American Cancer Society. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and hosting events for any occasion she can think of.