Kelly is an educational advocate with experience as a teacher, researcher, policymaker, and volunteer. She currently works as the Data Officer for Eastside Pathways, a collective impact nonprofit based in her hometown of Bellevue.
In the decade between high school and returning to the Seattle area last year, Kelly witnessed startling inequities everywhere she went: in the local West Philly public schools where she tutored as an undergrad at Penn, in the rural south Texas schools where she taught fifth and sixth grade English with Teach For America, in the Denver neighborhood where she worked with State Senator Mike Johnston on a range of community issues, and in Nashville where educators, policymakers, community members, and her own Vanderbilt colleagues were part of a furious statewide effort to pull Tennessee schools out of the cellar in national rankings.
Collectively, these experiences convinced Kelly that a different future is possible, but lasting progress requires more than just good intentions. She is pleased to be part of a group like SVP that invests carefully and is committed to making its goals a reality over the long term.
When she’s not thinking about educational equity, Kelly tries to keep up on her Spanish, knock a few items off her endless “books to read” list, and explore the great restaurants and parks around Seattle. Ever the optimist, she continues to hold out hope for a Mariners World Series ring, as she has every year since 1995.
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