Prior to joining the National Urban Fellows Class of 2014, Kelly Daniels was a Pathways to Professions Facilitator with Step-Up Women’s Network, a nonprofit organization empowering under-served young women to focus on career exploration and college preparation.  She was responsible for creating and executing college preparatory activities, and facilitating regular communication with participants, their families, and school staff.

As an avid volunteer for more than 15 years, Kelly has devoted countless hours with various organizations that outreach to the under-served in the greater Los Angeles area.  She continues to be an active member of Step-Up Women’s Network as well as a mentor with MOSTe, an organization supporting community leadership and academic skill-building for young women. 

As the first college graduate in her family, Kelly obtained a double Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies from California State University, Long Beach.  Shortly thereafter she joined the Peace Corps, serving as a Youth Development Volunteer in Peru (2008-2010).  While there she completed a full community diagnostic based off of primary research, and focused her projects on addressing issues such as illiteracy, alcoholism, and malnutrition.  She implemented an all-girls mentoring group which promoted volunteerism and activism within the community.  Along with community partners, she successfully raised funds to inaugurate the first regional children’s library.  In 2011, Kelly became a Peace Corps Regional Supervisor where she monitored and supported volunteers in their communal projects, coordinated training sessions, and served as a liaison between the Peace Corps and both national and international nongovernmental agencies.

As a National Urban Fellow, Kelly is eager to continue to promote healthy lifestyles and tolerance within the community and to become a more effective leader.