Communications Specialist, Department of Global Development
Kelly Merchán is a communications specialist in the Department of Global Development. She highlights the department’s impactful work at home and abroad through storytelling, web copy, social media and internal communications. She believes that information is a powerful tool that can ignite positive change in communities around the globe.
Previously at Cornell, she served as the communications specialist for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, a global initiative uniting researchers that are confronting food security challenges across 11 countries. Before joining the team at Cornell, Kelly lived and worked in Cuenca, Ecuador for 4 years, where she designed and directed the country’s first capacity building program for nonprofit leaders. Aside from the communications field, she has a background in project management, conflict resolution, Latin American studies and community building.
Kelly holds a M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies from Towson University. Kelly currently resides in Ithaca with her husband, Eduardo. In her free time, Kelly can be found running or hiking trails, drinking coffee, planning travels, and learning about other cultures.
Her daily mission statement: contribute to the betterment of the world.
Ithaca, NY 14853
kim28 [at] cornell.edu
Kelly in the news
Kelly Merchán earned the 2022 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Core Value Staff Award for Communication in recognition of excellence in communication with faculty, staff, students and the public. The award, presented September 1...
- Department of Global Development
- Global Development
On Sept. 1, members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) came together to celebrate the 18th year of the Research & Extension Awards and the 13th year of the Core Value Staff Awards. The ceremony recognized the notable and wide...
- Cornell AgriTech
- Cornell Botanic Gardens
- Animal Science