Beth Kelly is the Executive Director at Emerge Michigan, an organization focused on changing the face of politics by recruiting, training and providing a powerful network for Democratic women to run for office. At Emerge Michigan, Beth oversees the state’s only in-depth, six month, 70-hour, training program providing aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.
Before joining the Emerge network, Beth recently spent a year as Senior Campaign Manager of the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Chicago, Illinois. Beth is best known for playing an integral part of the team that helped Senator Al Franken win a successful re-election campaign in 2014. Franken’s campaign was one of two in the country that had a team dedicated to the training and development of the staff and volunteers. The well-run campaign lead Chuck Todd to choose it for Best 2014 Campaign on Meet the Press.
After several close friends and family members were impacted by cancer, Beth served as Deputy National Health Care Director with Organizing for Action during the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. This role was near and dear to her heart and working to ensure affordable, accessible health care remains a driving passion in her personal life and career. Beth also spent time working with the New Organizing Institute helping to place organizers from the 2012 Presidential campaign into progressive organizations, including managing the job fair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
She’s lead the Member Political Fellowship program for Service Employees International Union (SEIU). During her time at SEIU, Beth advanced the goal to train rank and file union members to lobby Congress and elect politicians who support working families. The sole non-elected speaker at the press conference to introduce the Senate’s version of the Affordable Care Act was an SEIU member Beth personally trained. From 2005-2007, Beth worked for Congressman Daniel Lipinski in various capacities.
Beth was raised in the Western suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Denison University in 2005 with a degree in Political Science. When she isn’t working, she is active as the chair of the Chicks in Charge Committee through the 9th District Democratic Party helping to recruit more women to run and win in Michigan’s 9th Congressional District. She is an avid runner and a dedicated aunt to her six nieces and nephews and enjoys sampling the wonderful craft beers that Michigan has to offer.