Kelly has dedicated her life to fighting for educational equity on behalf of children and families.
She served as the Board representative for the East San Fernando Valley for the past four years, and the President of the Board for eight months, amidst the worst stages of the coronavirus pandemic. She is the Chair-Elect of the Council of Great City Schools and has served on the California School Boards Association Board of Directors and Legislative Committee, lending her a critical opportunity to advocate for Los Angeles Unified in Sacramento and Washington D.C. In her time on the Board, she has championed investing in our schools more equitably, brought high-quality programs to East Valley communities, expanded early childhood education programs, and brought additional support to our students experiencing homelessness and our foster youth.
She pushed for initiatives that would benefit our entire school communities, including building affordable housing for our employees and families facing housing instability, a Summer Bridge program for classified employees, and successfully advocated for more funding for public schools at the state and federal levels.
Prior to serving on the Board, she was an experienced teacher leader, who led many school-wide projects on my campuses, including science fairs, anti-bullying programs, and family health events. She has taught while earning my Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University.
In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama to become an education policy advisor in his administration. She led the President’s work to support special populations of students, including English language learners, immigrant students, homeless children, and children in foster care, and their families. This included managing and leading the policy work related to several formula and competitive grant programs, which provide multi-million dollar grants to States and school districts across the country.
Kelly played a pivotal role in the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was a much-lauded bipartisan victory, and led the way for a number of positive policy changes related to special populations of students. Along the way, she secured $50 million more funding to provide much-needed support and resources for special populations of students.