Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Kelly J. Rogers

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Public finance, revenue optimization, public sector treasury, infrastructure finance, economic development, pensions, corporate governance, project management


Kelly Rogers is a manager in Accenture’s Health and Public Services practice, where she delivers innovative services for public sector and higher education clients. Prior to Accenture, Rogers was deputy treasurer for the State of Rhode Island, where she served as a lead advisor on economic development and public finance opportunities, including: creating new finance programs at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, a quasi-public agency that provides over $80 million in below-market rate annual loans to borrowers; reinventing the state’s management of $1.86 billion in tax-supported-debt; re-imagining the state’s school construction finance program, including securing 77% statewide voter support for $250 million in general obligation bonding; and achieving student loan servicing reform for 133,000 student loan borrowers statewide.

Rogers also served on multiple local and national boards on behalf of the General Treasurer. Before her treasury role, Rogers managed fiscal analysis for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.She earned an MPP from Brown University, where she was a Taubman Scholar. She graduated with honors from Dickinson College with a BA in policy management.


MPA 2020 Public Budgeting and Management