Kelly has lived in our district for 20 years. She was born in Philadelphia and moved to Fairfax County in 1999. She started her career as a legal aid attorney, later starting a real estate title company. She then established her own law practice representing juveniles and small businesses.
In 2011, Kelly's legal expertise and passion for bettering the next generation led her to become a professor at a local community college. In 2017, she founded the "From Prison to Paralegal program", where she provides formerly incarcerated individuals a path to a professional career via paralegal training.
Kelly was appointed to the Community Criminal Justice board in our district by Dana Kaufman, has been a member of the Fairfax Small Business Commission since 2008 and joined the board of the Community for Business Partnership in 2011. She is also a graduate of both Leadership Fairfax and EmergeVA.
Kelly and her husband are raising their two daughters in Fairfax County. Kelly is involved in several local mom organizations and leads her daughter's Girl Scout Troop. She is also an active member of her church, where her husband is training to be a deacon.
Kelly received a degree in economics from the University of Maryland College Park, as well a Master's degree in public policy and a Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America.