Jennifer Kelly entered the University of South Dakota intending to become a high school history teacher. Then she interned for Senator Ben Nelson in his Omaha district office, and everything changed. With a newfound love for politics and advocacy, Jenny interned on Capitol Hill every summer during college. She moved to D.C. after graduation, eventually working as a staff assistant and then legislative correspondent in the office of Senator Chuck Grassley. Jenny left for a role at Holland & Knight as a legislative assistant where she closely monitored issues like criminal justice reform, cyber-security, transportation, and housing.
Jenny is now a Manager of Government Relations at ML Strategies and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Congressional and Presidential Studies at the Catholic University of America. “This program is the perfect mix of academics and real world application,” Jenny said. She is proud to be a Bryce Harlow Fellow and feels a kinship of sorts with the late Mr. Harlow. “Bryce Harlow’s story resonates with me because neither of us thought we would end up in D.C. He left behind a legacy of high standards and ethics I hope to emulate throughout my career.”