Kelly has dedicated her professional career to developing the leadership capacity, emotional and cultural intelligence, and professional skills of young people worldwide. She became the Executive Director at the Future Leaders Foundation in June 2019, where she managed an exclusive network of outstanding young leaders. Kelly played an integral role in the development and execution of President Obama’s signature public diplomacy program between the U.S. and African continent, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). While working on YALI at the U.S. Department of State, she served as a liaison between U.S. diplomatic missions in Sub-Saharan Africa and U.S. higher education institutions that hosted 1,000 of Africa’s most innovative young people each summer. Additionally, Kelly managed Generation Citizen’s Global Network for Youth Action to build international civic education organizations’ capacity to increase civic engagement among youth. Finally, Kelly incorporated her own organization in early 2018, Exchanging America, which provides immersive leadership development exchange programs for emerging American leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kelly obtained a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Education Entrepreneurship.