Kelly Irby
Assistant Director of First Year Advising

Woodbury 109, 290 UCB

Kelly Irby originally joined the First-Year Advising unit in 2013 and took a brief hiatus to work at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in the Payne Center for Leadership Development.  Kelly was ecstatic to return to CU-Boulder as the Assistant Director for First-Year Advising in October of 2018 armed with new knowledge to support the development of students and staff.

She completed her BS in Secondary Education-English from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2007.  Kelly then spent three years as a high school English teacher and college counselor at a charter school in Kansas City, MO.   Her passion for ensuring that all students are able to succeed in higher education lead her back to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln to earn her MA in Higher Education Administration-Student Affairs, which she finished in 2012.  Kelly’s graduate thesis focused on the strengths that first-generation African American males use to succeed in college.  After graduate school, she worked with high school students in a career exploration and college access program through Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska.

Kelly is excited to be a part of the Center for First-Year Students and the CU-Boulder community.  In her spare time, she will be exploring the mountains with her dog Porter and husband Ryan and experimenting with cooking healthy food that is still delicious.