2017 Outstanding Community Leader

Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation


We are pleased to announce that Mr. Eric Kelly, President at Quantum Foundation, is honored to be the recipient of the Education Foundation’s 2017 Community Leader Award at this year’s Education Forecast. We all know Eric for his service to families through healthcare initiatives in our community. You may be less aware that in his role Eric passionately focuses foundation support to help students connect to future careers in health and medicine. Further, he is changing public education by opening greater access for minority and lower-income students to set their academic course for success in the healthcare field. You will see this large imprint in our Medical Academies, the Health Careers Outreach Program, and in student access to professional simulation labs funded by Quantum Foundation at FAU’s College of Medicine and PBA’s School of Nursing.

Eric Kelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University.  

He is the President of Quantum Foundation—a West Palm Beach-based health corporation—and is responsible for directing a multi-million dollar community investment fund and overseeing all administrative duties of the organization. Eric is a community leader who works across the business, not-for-profit, and public sectors to ensure community improvement initiatives are sustainable and offer systemic solutions. Eric often challenges the historical philanthropic assumption of “doing charity” in an effort to create effective drivers for change. He has led efforts in partnership with state, regional, and local stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Palm Beach County.

Prior to his current role, Eric served as Executive Vice President for Quantum Foundation.  His career also includes roles as Director of Agency Relations at the United Way of Palm Beach County and the Regional Vice President of Allegany Franciscan Foundation.

As a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, Eric has also honed his business acumen as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, ensuring that business thrives in the County and that entrepreneurship is encouraged. He is also a strong proponent of harnessing technology & innovation in the advancement of community wellness and has a particular interest in creating opportunities for young people from traditionally under-represented groups in healthcare.

Eric’s work demonstrates his deeply-held belief that only the symbiotic partnership between healthcare and health education can produce effective and sustainable outcomes for individuals and communities.

Eric Kelly lives in West Palm Beach with his wife and four children.