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Kevin Kelley

Husband, Father
Advocate
Public Servant
Clevelander

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Kevin Kelley is a Clevelander. He went to school here. He met his wife Elizabeth here when they both worked for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. And Cleveland is where Kevin and Beth chose to raise their five daughters – Margaret, Nora, Grace, Maeve, and Erin.

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Kevin and Beth consider raising their daughters their greatest responsibility. Today, their oldest daughters are entering the workforce while the youngest is attending a CMSD elementary school. Kevin and Beth both worked their way through school while raising their children, and Beth now works as a front-line health care worker during the coronavirus crisis.

Cleveland is also where he’s chosen to live a life of service to his community.

Kevin’s career of service to Cleveland began when he was a social worker and witnessed the power advocacy had to help individuals. Wanting to help people and his community on a greater scale, Kevin attended night school and earned his law degree. Then, he sought public office.

In 2005, Kevin was elected to Cleveland City Council to represent Ward 13, including Old Brooklyn and part of the Stockyards neighborhoods. In 2014, he was elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve as President of Council. He is chair of council’s Finance Committee and Rules Committee, while also serving on two additional committees: Operations and Mayor’s Appointments.

Kevin has helped improve the infrastructure and quality of life for the residents he serves. This work includes investment of free high-speed internet in Ward 13; major improvements to Loews Park, Goudreau Park and Estabrook Recreation Center; and the $8 million reconstruction of Pearl Road from Interstate 480 to Interstate 71. Kevin actively works to attract small businesses to Ward 13, providing local jobs and a revitalization of key corridors such as Pearl Road and Memphis Avenue.

“Anyone who thinks Cleveland is going to give up just doesn’t understand Cleveland. We have proven that we can survive anything, but just surviving is not good enough. Together, we will forge a new path forward, so that every person, every family, every neighborhood in Cleveland can thrive.”
Kevin Kelley

As Council President, Kevin works with his colleagues, Cuyahoga County, local foundations, and other nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for Clevelanders and to help grow Cleveland’s economy. This work includes efforts to reduce infant mortality and lead poisoning; attract and retain businesses and the jobs they create; improve job training and career pipelines; and improve access to city services for contractors and residents. Kevin led efforts to improve how the City assesses roads for resurfacing and increased the budget for resurfacing projects throughout the city.

Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University and a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is a practicing lawyer in Cleveland.

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