Before starting college, Kelly lived among California urbanites, Oklahoma Bible Belters, Guatemalan natives and missionaries, and Nebraska Cornhuskers. The perfect example of a "Third Culture Kid," Kelly could never learn enough about this peculiar and fascinating world. In a social problems class in college, she fell in love with the idea that one could make a career out of studying society and working for positive change. College also presented many difficult but ultimately enriching challenges to how she understood and lived out her faith.
Following graduation, Kelly worked at a food bank to promote SNAP (food stamps) among underserved populations. In addition to advocacy and public awareness work, she educated applicants and service providers about the nuanced application process. While she learned many things in this role, her greatest takeaway was an immense respect for those who work tirelessly just to make ends meet. After working at the food bank, she moved to Trujillo, Peru, for four months. There, she volunteered at an orphanage and medical clinic and received never-ending grace for her embarrassing Spanish.
Kelly is thankful for her richly diverse experiences to-date and hopes that her worldview continues to grow as she works with the Sojourners community. Outside of work, Kelly loves to run, discuss theology, escape frustrating theology discussions with pointless TV, get lost in good music, and try new foods.