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Kathleen Kelly

kkelly.jpgKATHLEEN M. KELLY is serving her third term on the School Committee. She was raised in Connecticut and attended Cheshire Public Schools. She attended an all-women’s college in New York, where she majored in history and economics. As an intern for congress member Bill Ratchford, she was responsible for assisting constituents navigate the Reagan administration’s changes to Social Security survivor benefits. After college, she was a campaign organizer for Toby Moffett’s US Senate Campaign. She moved to Washington, DC, where she was a reporter for the Washington Bureau of a national weekly newspaper, an organizer for Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, and volunteered with CISPES.

As a social worker and community activist, Kathleen has worked to: create greater access to educational resources and opportunities for all children; mitigate the social and emotional effects of violence on youth, families, and neighborhoods; and engage parents with different experiences in public school activism. She has served on the boards of Mass Council of Churches, Community Metropolitan Ministries, LDB Peace Institute, and local and national Peace Action boards. She also participated in the Boston Busing Desegregation Project. As a small business consultant for an economic development program in Boston, as assessed businesses, developed technical assistance plans, and coached business owners, working in partnership with CDCs. Previously, Kathleen worked in finance, fund development, and community relations with non-profit organizations for over 15 years. She earned an MSW and MA in theology from Boston College and an MBA from Simmons. With her husband, Brian Corr, and her daughter, Uillia, a UMASS student, Kathleen has lived in Mid-Cambridge for over 25 years.