Lorelei has 12 years of experience working in and around the U.S. Congress. In 1998, she founded “Security for a New Century,” a study group for the House and Senate that still operates today. Kelly has a background in conflict and negotiation from Stanford University and is a certified mediator. As the Real Security Initiative Director at the White House Project, she trained hundreds of women across the country on how to effectively communicate about national security. When President Obama won the election in 2008, she founded The Progressive Caucus Foundation (now ProgressiveCongress.org) as a hub between forward thinkers inside and outside of Congress. Kelly has co-authored two books, Policy Matters: Educating Congress on Peace and Securityand a civil-military dialogue guide, “A Woman’s guide to Talking About War and Peace.” She currently blogs for The Huffington Post.
Kelly grew up in Northern California and Northern New Mexico. She earned a BA from Grinnell College and an MA from Stanford University. She has an extensive civil-military background and attended the Air Command and Staff College program of the U.S. Air Force.