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New Leaders Council

Meet the 2016 Fellow: Kieran Kelly

Kieran Kelly, Policy Aide, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors


Kieran Kelly currently serves as a Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. His portfolio includes transportation, land use and planning issues. Prior to this position, he served in the California State Legislature as a Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Mark Stone, where he assisted in drafting several pieces of legislation covering a variety of subjects ranging from improving broadband access for underserved communities to streamlining regulations for small businesses. Born in Berkeley and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley, Kieran has been actively involved in wildlife conservation efforts and progressive politics from a young age. As a first-generation American, he is passionate about reforming the US immigration system to make it more humane, equitable and efficient. Due to this interest in immigration policy, Kieran found his start in public policy by interning for US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren at her Washington D.C. office. Following this experience, Kieran traveled extensively throughout the US to work on political campaigns for Senator Barbara Boxer, firefighters and police officers in Ohio, and President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in Virginia. Between campaigns, he participated in a landmark study of endangered species in California's Mojave Desert. Kieran graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 2010 where he received a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Literature. Kieran lives in Santa Cruz where he likes to hike and surf.

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