Kurt Kelly, CEO Florida Coalition for Children
Kelly has over 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, business executive, public servant and political consultant. He has a track record of proven success, built on his reputation of being a passionate and influential persuader with lawmakers and his intimate knowledge of the needs and issues relating to foster children and the child welfare system.
From 2007-2010, Kelly served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives representing the 24th District. During his time in the Legislature, Kelly was vice- chairman of the House Committee on Juvenile Justice, and also a member of the Health Care Appropriations, Education and Higher Education committees. In 2010,he was also a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, Kelly was chair of the Marion County School Board from 2001-2007.
Prior to becoming CEO of FCC, Kurt served as a board member of Kids Central, the community-based care lead agency in Circuit 5, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.
A Message from the CEO
Working together FCC and its member effectively communicates with policymakers and influencers to promote the Coalition’s priority of ensuring lawmakers support policy that advances a system of child welfare that is fully resourced, well-managed and fulfills the needs of our abused, neglected and abandoned children.
We also must work every day to secure the Coalition’s reputation as THE voice for child welfare and enhance the awareness about our outstanding system of care.
I have been blessed with many great honors in my life, becoming a father, helping shepherd the Marion County school system as a member of the School Board, serving as a member of the Florida Legislature, and first participating in the community-based care system as a member of the Kids Central Board of Directors.
Now, I am honored to be at the helm of FCC, the chief advocate for not only Florida’s most vulnerable children, but for the child welfare agencies that make up our membership and the thousands of board members, staff, foster and adoptive parents and volunteers who work every day to ensure all Florida’s children have a safe and permanent home.
The etymology of the word advocate means to come alongside and provide true support, true life counseling, and tireless defense. As CEO, I take this as my charge.