The Entrepreneurship Team

The Edward Lowe Foundation was established by Ed and Darlene Lowe in 1985. In contrast to most U.S. foundations, which are grant-giving entities, we are an operating foundation that funds its own programs.

Kelli Saunders

Sr. Exec. Specialist

She manages the foundation’s Lansing office and works with our president/COO and vice president.

Entrepreneurship team

Kelli joined the Edward Lowe Foundation in January of 2019 as a senior executive specialist. She manages the foundation’s Lansing office and works directly with our president/COO and vice president of entrepreneurship on special projects related to supporting second-stage growth companies and conservation best practices.

Kelli was chief of staff for Lt. Governor Brian Calley from 2011 to 2018. She currently serves on the Michigan Women’s Commission, a four-year term she was appointed to in 2018 by Governor Rick Snyder. Additionally, she is the president of the Gerald R. Ford Republican Women’s Club in Kent County. Kelli is a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science.