Kelly was raised in Oakland, CA, where she learned early on the importance of diversity, inclusion, and community. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, after which she spent some time in Chile as an English teacher. While living abroad, Kelly discovered her love of social work. She had volunteered with youth throughout high school and college and knew she wanted to pursue a career that involved helping others, but it wasn’t until she was in Chile that she discovered the amazing opportunity available in schools to develop meaningful, impactful relationships with students and families. While working as a teacher Kelly identified needs, created programs, and supported students in a way that brought her joy and purpose.
After her time in South America, Kelly moved to San Diego and obtained her Master’s in Social Work and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from San Diego State University. Since getting her Master’s, Kelly has worked to support children and families throughout San Diego County. She most recently worked as a school social worker for a local school district, where she infused a trauma-informed and culturally responsive approach into her work with staff, students, and families. She is thrilled to be a part of the Mending Matters Team, where students come first and where equity and inclusion are at the heart of the work we do.
Kelly loves to sing along to any music she hears. She enjoys hiking, traveling, going to baseball games, walking with friends, and spending time with her family.