Kelly Quirke joins the NPC board after four and a half years as the Executive Director of Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) in San Francisco. FUF is a community-building organization that has planted more than 42,000 trees along the streets of every San Francisco neighborhood since 1981.
Kelly is also the former Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network (RAN). For over seven years prior to joining RAN, Kelly campaigned at Greenpeace, finishing his tenure there as the national coordinator of Greenpeace’s U.S. Temperate Forest campaign. Before that, he worked on Greenpeace’s Offshore Oil, Energy and Climate campaigns. As the national coordinator of Greenpeace’s public outreach and scientific area of the USA Climate Campaign, Kelly’s work included educating and politicizing the insurance industry regarding the economic and environmental risks and realities of global climate change.
Kelly has served on numerous non-profit boards over the years, and is currently also on the board of directors of the Hunters Point Family, a community organization working with at-risk youth in San Francisco’s diverse and underserved Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. Kelly is active in the San Francisco Bay Area non-violence community, and has been a non-violence trainer for over 20 years. His activism has also included military non-intervention, needle exchange and AIDS-related issues.
Most importantly, he’s the father of 17 year old Casey and 2 year old Calliope.