Our Team

Kelly Burton PhD

CEO


Kelly launched Nexus Research Group in 2009 to support community-based organizations seeking to make a difference in the world. Since that time, NRG has grown into a full-service consulting firm specializing in program strategy and non-profit performance, working both with non-profits and the organizations that fund them. In addition to her strong management and leadership abilities, Kelly brings deep subject matter expertise in a range of areas including youth development, workforce development, community development and affordable housing, social and racial equity and economic inclusion.

In her civic life, Kelly has served on numerous local and national advisory boards. In 2014, she was recognized by the Partnership for Southern Equity for her outstanding commitment to regional equity with the Visionary Leadership Award and in 2016 she was named Atlanta 40 Under 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Kelly Burton holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from Emory University, both in political science.

Louise Palmer

Senior Consultant


Louise C. Palmer serves as a Senior Consultant at NRG. Louise has over 15 years experience designing, directing, and evaluating programs on pressing national and global topics. She has worked for premier non-profits and think tanks, including The Urban Institute, The Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, and Family Health International. Programs under her direction have received industry health awards and have won numerous program funding opportunities from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, and the Commonwealth Fund. Louise applies a data-driven approach to addressing urgent social and health problems and designing multi-media, evidence-based interventions. Her area of work includes alleviating health inequalities among underserved communities, chronic disease risk reduction, improving maternal and child health outcomes, improving access to health care, and implementing and evaluating community health worker and health navigator programs. Louise received a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and a MA in Sociology from Georgia State University.

Brandon Brown

Relationship Manager


Brandon leads business development for NRG and supports the implementation of its social enterprise ventures. In this role, he oversees partner outreach and client onboarding. Before joining NRG, Brandon served as supervisor for a mental health organization in California where he oversaw facility operations, as well as managed a community integration program. Brandon has a strong gift for technology and is committed to bringing Nexus Research Group into the 21st Century.

Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Phoebe Goodson

Executive Assistant


Phoebe administers the day-to-day office management tasks to ensure a more efficient work environment for NRG. With more than 28 years of combined work experience in administrative support, software application support, bookkeeping support and training coordination, Phoebe brings a wealth of experience to NRG. Prior to joining NRG, she spent 20 years with Atlanta Gas Light Company, where she held a variety of positions. Phoebe managed the computer training center for the company by providing support and training in software applications for all employees. She also supervised the creation of the Computer-Based Training logo for the launch of a company-wide, computer-based training environment, which moved the company from traditional classroom training. During her tenure with Atlanta Gas Light, Phoebe also provided support and training to administrative staff and new associates involved in office orientation.

Our Partners

So, how does a small consulting firm do such large-scale work? We partner. We believe in the power of strategic partnership and have partnered with top-tier firms throughout our existence. NRG and our partners have the sort of deep experience and breadth of skills that provide us a solid competitive edge, and our history of working together synergistically ensures an efficient and seamless experience for our clients each and every time.

Community Health Cooperative(CHC)

CHC specializes in collaborative community health approaches, providing high-quality support in the areas of program design, implementation, evaluation, and other activities associated with community-based health programming. CHC’s work is founded in the principles of community-based participatory research and facilitative leadership and it uses evidence-based strategies to guide every step of our process – from baseline community health needs assessments to community and partner engagement, from strategic planning to strategic action, and from program conception to program evaluation.

Kaleidoscope Pathways, LLC (KPLLC)

KPLLC is a strategic consultation and research evaluation firm that partners with philanthropic, government, and private and public institutions to develop, implement, and evaluate their social investments. KPLLC’s work is designed to clarify and maximize the impact of the various systems and interventions with people who seek to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. Dedicated to the use of data to inform policy and programming priorities, align grantmaking strategy, and support the documentation of impact and outcomes, KPLLC brings together consultants who have over 75 years of experience in evaluation and strategic decision-making. The approach is practical and participatory.

The Institute for Local Innovations, Inc. (ILI)

ILI is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to assist organizations and community development experts who span a range of professions and professional career stages the building of economically and socially healthier urban, suburban and rural communities. ILI supports servant leaders, across diverse professions, expertise and experiences, committed to the building of economically and socially healthier communities.

trepwise

trepwise is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to use entrepreneurial thinking and approaches to grow and sustain for-profit and non-profit organizations by providing innovative and practical solutions. trepwise serves organizations at all stages of development: working with incubators that support entrepreneurs, with growth ventures in the process of scaling, and with established organizations that are looking to foster a culture of innovation.  The trepwise team brings a broad set of skills and experiences that can be applied to any industry, and can fulfill functions typically performed by a COO, CFO or CMO, as well as strategic facilitation and executive coaching. 

AIM Philanthropy

AIM Philanthropy is a joint impact initiative between trepwise and Nexus Research Group dedicated to making philanthropy more impactful by marrying organizational effectiveness and evaluative learning practices with grantmaking strategy to help foundations achieve the highest possible social return on investment. With solid experience across the corporate, government and third sectors, both nationally and internationally the firms bring a diverse perspective, based in acumen and industry knowledge, driven by an accomplished team. We work with clients to clarify their goals and develop strategies for impactful grantmaking.