Kelly Burley


Common Bonds

Kelly Burley is the collaboration director of Common Bonds, a network of more than three dozen local, state and national animal welfare organizations working to increase Oklahoma’s shelter animal save rate to 90% by 2025. Kelly serves as a connector and communicator to match resources with needs, and build relationships with municipal and nonprofit shelters and rescue groups, municipal governments, veterinarians, shelter medicine educators and community advocates. Kelly also works to raise awareness of Oklahoma’s shelter animal population and euthanasia challenge with key external audiences.Previously, Kelly led KOSU, an NPR station serving more than 100,000 weekly listeners from 2008-2019. She raised more than $14 million to expand the station’s local content service through collaborative journalism, music and community programming initiatives, and built new broadcast studios and radio frequencies. In earlier content development roles with KOSU from 1990-2003, she received three national Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and two Scripps Howard national journalism awards. From 2003-2008, she served as associate state director for AARP Oklahoma, communicating association priorities with the state’s 400,000 members.Kelly lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife, Lisa, and they have grown children in San Diego and St. Louis. The new king and queen of casa Burley are Chihuahua rescues named Bo and Arrow.