Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Martin G. Knott, President of the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation’s Board of Trustees, announced that the Foundation has selected Kelley Q. Kilduff as its new Executive Director.


“Kelley Kilduff’s long career with institutions that underscore and strengthen Catholic values will be a terrific asset for our family foundation as we continue the work my parents began over 45 years ago.  Her energy and enthusiasm for our mission, along with her accomplished history and leadership experience, will carry us forward in the years to come,” Knott said.

Kilduff will assume her new position at the Foundation on June 12 after completing nearly a decade at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU), where she has most recently served as their Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Communications.

Prior to NDMU, Kelley held leadership positions at Maryvale Preparatory School, Sts. Peter and Paul Schools in Easton, and Mount de Sales Academy, as well as being a Regional Director of Major Gifts for Catholic Relief Services and Director of Marketing for the American Cancer Society, both in Orlando. Kilduff holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.

Kilduff replaces Kelly C. Medinger, who led the Foundation since 2012. Medinger resigned from the Foundation in December 2022 but has continued to advise the Trustees and Executive Team during this period of transition.

“I am honored to partner with the Knott Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Executive Team to continue to advance the mission and legacy of their founders, Henry and Marion Knott,” stated Kilduff.  “In addition, Kelly Medinger’s leadership was transformational, and I am grateful for her dedication and support. She and the Foundation have led the way in values-driven philanthropy,” Kilduff reflected.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Kelly Medinger for her years of helping to grow and professionalize our work in the Maryland philanthropic and Catholic communities, and extend a very warm welcome to Kelley Kilduff as our new Executive Director,” Knott said.