Kiely joined CDA as a program manager in 2015. Her professional areas of expertise are in gender and development, monitoring, evaluation and learning, theories of change and peacebuilding effectiveness. At CDA Kiely works on peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity in Myanmar as well as with new approaches to combating corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she is supporting ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts.
For two years, Kiely lived in Nicaragua working for Manna Project International teaching ESL to adult English learners, sexual and reproductive health to middle school students, and assisting with the organization’s early childhood development program. This is also where she first learned to drive a manual transmission mini bus.