Director of Government Relations
As the Director of Government Relations, Kelly leads Main Street America's (MSA) work to uplift the role of Main Street organizations to policy and decision makers. She works alongside MSA's 44 Main Street state, city, and country Coordinating Programs in defending and growing their programs and supports MSA's great network of Main Street programs in pushing for federal support for Main Streets.
Prior to serving as the Director of Government Relations, Kelly was the Manager of Education & Illinois Main Street Coordinating Program. In this role, Kelly worked to deliver professional development content via the Main Street America Institute (MSAI) and educational offerings of the Main Street Now Conference. In addition, she coordinated training, technical service, and communications for the amazing communities that comprise the Illinois Main Street program. Before joining MSA in 2016, Kelly worked at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which included implementing the school’s strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. Originally from northeast Ohio, Kelly graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Kenyon College and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from SAIC. Most recently, she completed the National Development Council’s Historic Real Estate Finance certification offered through MSAI.
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