Angela Kelly works to offer essential organizing skills and leadership development to people seeking to be more effective activists. As the senior associate for justice training at the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), she creates new training programs, enhances and strengthens existing programs, and establishes networks of support and connection for people who have completed UUCSJ programs.

Over the last 12 years, Kelly has worked with a range of grassroots and nonprofit initiatives related to peace, community development, and social, racial, and economic justice. She has facilitated trainings on community organizing, civic engagement, and service learning; served on several boards and coalition steering committees; and, before joining UUCSJ, worked as the director of resident leadership and services in a community action program in Boston’s Dudley Square neighborhood.

Kelly’s journey as an activist has included several international experiences, including a peace delegation to China and Japan, a human rights project in Israel and Palestine, and volunteer service with women’s organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as with refugee solidarity efforts at the borders of Greece. She has a bachelor’s degree in public and community service studies; a graduate certificate in women, politics, and public policy; and a master’s degree in mental health counseling, with a focus on the trauma of violence and injustice as well as integrative approaches to promote community empowerment and wellness.

akelly @ uucsj.org