Chief Executive Officer
Kellie O’Connell serves as Lakeview Pantry’s Chief Executive Officer. In her role as CEO she works in partnership with the Board of Directors to design, communicate, and implement the strategic vision of the organization. Kellie leads a staff of 25 and leverages the efforts of over 5,000 volunteers to distribute over 1.7 million meals to Chicago’s low-income residents every year. With an annual budget of $7 million, Kellie is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, ensuring delivery of the highest quality services to the Pantry’s most vulnerable neighbors, while safeguarding its financial stability.
Kellie joined the organization in January of 2016. During her first years in the role, she successfully closed a capital campaign; renovated and moved to a larger, permanent headquarters; renovated and opened an accompanying food storage order fulfillment warehouse; and launched a first of its kind Online Market for Chicagoans struggling with food insecurity. As a result, Lakeview Pantry increased its clients served by 60% and revenue by 120%. In addition to the three core food programs, the Pantry also expanded its social service programs and added behavioral health offerings.
Kellie came to Lakeview Pantry with over 18 years in the nonprofit sector. She is a 2019 graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Executive Education Program, and is currently a Fellow in Leadership Greater Chicago’s Class of 2020. Under her leadership Lakeview Pantry has received numerous social impact awards including a LISC Chicago Neighborhood Development Award and Chicago Innovation Award.
Prior to joining Lakeview Pantry, Kellie held various leadership roles in social impact and government organizations including Operation HOPE, Illinois Action for Children, Northwestern Settlement House, and the Chicago Housing Authority.
Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. As a Chicago native, Kellie loves spending her spare time in the city she grew up in, exploring everything it has to offer with her daughter, Brennan.