Kelly comes to the role of Executive Director with a fierce passion for progress and over 15 years of experience making change in government, with the labor movement, and through winning ballot measure campaigns.
Before assuming the role of Executive Director, Kelly was The Fairness Project’s Director of Policy and Partnerships for over four years. In that position she worked with our people-powered campaigns from start to finish to ensure their success, pitching in on everything from drafting ballot language to knocking on doors on Election Day. Kelly was the architect of The Fairness Project’s work expanding Medicaid in six states (soon to be seven!) and her passion for health policy has meant expansion of healthcare to over 830,000 people.
Kelly worked on Capitol Hill during the drafting and passage of the Affordable Care Act, and then served in President Obama’s administration helping to implement the law. She’s worked directly with labor unions, health care systems, and progressive think tanks to improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.
Kelly now lives in Oakland, CA with her puppy Lewis, who is named after Congressman John Lewis but exhibits very little of his dignity or grace.