Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly is a proven leader in the Lawrence community implementing meaningful solutions without a political agenda. A lifelong educator and advocate for preparing tomorrow’s workforce, Patrick has led the establishment and growth of technical training in Douglas County at the Lawrence College and Career Center and Peaslee Tech. He is committed to expanding opportunities for all citizens of Lawrence and Douglas County while preserving the vibrant and unique community he has called home for almost 30 years.

Patrick has focused his work in Douglas County by:

  • Investing in meaningful policies and plans to enhance education for all in Douglas County;
  • Growing the economy through a talented workforce system and a focus on college, career, and technical training for all;
  • Supporting a safe and growing community through safe policies and support of mental health services for all; and
  • Enhancing the quality of life through the arts and community growth and development.

Patrick’s public service continues beyond his dedication to education and economic growth. He has served Douglas County residents well as a member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission and currently serves on the PLAN 2040 Planning Commission to consider what the future of Douglas County will look like in two decades. A graduate of Leadership Lawrence and Kansas Leadership Center, Patrick leads leadership training for the community through Leadership Lawrence, with the Lawrence Public Schools and through the Kansas Leadership Center.

Patrick has spent his entire career investing in the future of Douglas County. As a music teacher at West Junior High, Hillcrest Elementary and Free State High School, and as the Director of Fine Arts for the Lawrence Public Schools and the Associate Principal of Free State High School, Patrick has been committed to quality education for all in Douglas County with a keen eye on building the future workforce to support the Douglas County economy and businesses. As chair of the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, he was instrumental in the development of the Lawrence Cultural Arts Plan in setting a vision to improve the community’s health and economic development through the arts. Patrick’s leadership can be seen across Douglas County and most recently in his leadership and creation of Confabularryum, a nationally recognized celebration of creativity and innovation held each year in Lawrence through a partnership with the Lawrence Public Schools and Callahan Creek.

He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in music education and educational leadership. He has served on the board at VanGo, Theatre Lawrence, the Friends of the Lied Center and the Lawrence Schools Foundation.

Patrick’s wife Amy is a trademark attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and equally involved in the community. Daughters Victoria (27), who lives in Florida and Brynn (17), a Lawrence Free State student, have often volunteered with Patrick and Amy in local community theatre production. They are proud to live, work and play in Lawrence and Douglas County.

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