At a Glance
- Career History: Co-Founder, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (2005 to 2008); consultant on religious Outreach, Democratic National Committee (2004)
- Alma Mater: Haverford College, B.A., 1989
- Religion: Catholic
- DC Office: 200 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20201
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Path to Power
Kelley attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she was a field-hockey star and earned a B.A. in religion in 1989.
She did graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, earning her master's of theological studies in 1993.
When President Obama took office, he transformed the Bush-era Office of Faith-based Initiatives into the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Obama gave the White House office and its departmental satellites anew policy role and charged the offices with the four-part goal of promoting economic recovery, abortion reduction, responsible fatherhood and interfaith relations.
Kelley runs the Partnership Office's HHS branch.
Kelley worked as a religious adviser for the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and running-mate John Edwards.
Kelley was an early supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was Barack Obama's main Democratic rival in the 2008 presidential election. She gave Clinton $1,000 in 2005.
She also donated $500 to Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) in 2004, who is Lutheran but has been giving high-rankings by Catholic social justice groups. She gave $500 to CACG co-founder Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-Va.) 2008 upset over a six-term Republican House incumbent.