Kelly Flaherty
Senior Finance Analyst

Serving as the Senior Finance Analyst at Education First, Kelly Flaherty provides operational and management support to the finance and client teams. She brings with her a wealth of experience in leading successful projects, managing budgets and implementing system and process improvements. Education First is a blend of her previous work experiences in consulting and education policy, enabling her to bring a unique perspective to the teams she supports.

Her fundamental belief that education is a leading change agent is what drives her passion for the work and her solutions-oriented approach to challenges. Her public education experiences early on unveiled systematic inequities that left her questioning: “Why”, “How”, “What can I do”. As her passion for improving education grew, she sought opportunities where her skill set could be used to make impactful change. Most recently, she served as ConnCAN’s Research & Finance Manager using research and data to inform community advocates and policymakers on the state of Connecticut’s public education system and ideas for improvement.

Kelly is a first-generation college student and proud graduate of the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). As a local realtor, she also serves her community by helping home buyers navigate their first home purchase, sale, or investment. You might also find her checking out a local brewery, the beach, or hopping on a plane seeking her next adventure (most recently, Charleston, her newfound love).

Kelly's expertise

  • Planning & Problem Solving for Successful Implementation
  • Financial Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Research, Program Analysis & Program Strategy
  • Assessments for Learning & Accountability

Favorite Education First Projects

  • Core to College Network
  • EdReports
  • New York City Department of Education
  • Southern Regional Education Board
  • Washington STEM

Top 3 breathtaking experiences

  • Skydiving
  • Hiking Volcán Tajumulco
  • Scuba diving St. Croix

Kelly likes

  • Supporting my community and spending quality time with loved ones. (Pictured: Annual Vicki Soto 5k honoring a Stratford-native educator we lost tragically in Sandy Hook; see

  • Experimenting with new recipes and making homemade pizza. (Pictured: Corned beef and potato pizza)