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Kelly Edens

Deputy Director

Kelly Edens

Kelly Edens joined CCFN as the Deputy Director in June 2023, bringing her experience in political advocacy and her passion for social justice to the team. As the Deputy Director, Kelly handles operations, grassroots fundraising, electoral work, and program administration for the Children’s Campaign Fund Network.

Born and raised in Seattle, Kelly developed a fascination for state-level political work as a Senate Page in the Washington State Legislature. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts from Carroll College in History and Political Science, spending time in the Montana State Legislature. After college, she volunteered with Mercy Volunteer Corps at a community center in Savannah, GA, assisting with GED classes, SNAP renewals, low-cost eyeglass clinics, and a small food pantry.

Her time in Savannah showed her that advocacy at the state level is the most effective way to enact change. With a renewed sense of mission, she moved to Austin, Texas, to work for Texas Watch, a 501(c)(4) leading state-wide consumer advocacy organization, where she was the Director of Organizing and the Development and Operations Director. Missing the mountains and excellent coffee, she is delighted to return to the Northwest and serve the children in her home state. She resides in Spokane, WA, with her husband and dog (Willie Nelson).

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