Karen Kiely joined CAP Tulsa in 2008 and was named chief operating officer in 2009, assuming responsibility for day-to-day operations of the agency, as well as strategic planning. In October 2019, Karen Kiely became Executive Director. Under Kiely’s leadership, CAP Tulsa was named “Best Non Profit to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times for seven consecutive years, earning the top spot in 2021. CAP Tulsa also received a MOSAIC Award for Top Inclusive Workplace Culture from the Tulsa Regional Chamber for eight consecutive years.
Prior to joining CAP, Kiely spent seventeen years at The Bama Companies, Inc., in a variety of leadership roles in both the U.S. and Beijing, China. Before joining Bama, Kiely spent five years in international banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York, Taipei and Hong Kong. Kiely holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.