Kelsey Perdue is the Kids Count Project Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy where she oversees data analysis and advocacy as part of a national effort to improve children’s well-being. Prior to joining the League, Kelsey managed and delivered direct service programming for children and families in the education, health and technology sectors in West Michigan, Washington, D.C. and abroad.

Kelsey was recently appointed by Governor Whitmer to the Black Leadership Advisory Council where she will help address issues of inequity for African Americans throughout the state. She also serves as vice-chair of the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission, on the leadership team of Equity PAC and as social action chair of the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Kelsey was named a 40 Under 40 Business Leader in 2019 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, recognized by LINC UP with the 2017 Community Spirit Award and her work has been highlighted in several online and print publications.

Originally from Grand Rapids, Kelsey is an alumna of City High School and summa cum laude graduate of Howard University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and was a 2018 fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program.

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