From an early age, John grew up with a deep understanding of what it meant to stand up for women's rights and the environment. John would often be challenged by his peers, adults, teachers, friends' parents, and conservative leaders on these issues. These conversations helped John become politically skilled and persuasive at a young age, often changing minds, and offering new perspectives in a community resistant to change.
John went on to study Political Science at Northern Arizona University where he was active in the Flagstaff community. During college, John helped organize a movement to ban uranium mining in the Grand Canyon and was active in an immigration advocacy group to repeal Arizona's harsh immigration law that treated Latino, Chicano, and Indigenous communities as 2nd class citizens.
After four years of serving on Staff Council, John Kelly was elected as co-chair where he worked to rally workers, submitted proposals, and help secure a 6-week paid parental leave policy to help close the gender pay gap for all 10,000 staff employees at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Denver, Anschutz, and Colorado Springs.
In addition to his role in Staff Council, John works as a Regional Affiliate Manager at CU for NCWIT, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, where he leads a team of volunteers to significantly increase the meaningful participation of all women in computing and technology within their states and communities. John has helped thousands of women across the nation get involved with NCWIT and foster their interest in technology by providing access to resources, scholarships, workshops, jobs, and internship opportunities. John has worked tirelessly to ensure that there is a supportive network and community for women in technology and that all stakeholders are committed to changing the culture.
This timid approach comes after decades of allowing oil companies, corporations, and private prisons to profit billions of dollars from the destruction of our environment, the exploitation of our workers, and the criminalization of our communities.
John decided Colorado could do better and it's time for a political revolution and a new Democratic Party that can be a leader in fighting against these ingrained injustices.
Our campaign seeks to ban fracking in Colorado, put an end to financial immorality, and provide an unprecedented investment into our community through access to rent relief and affordable housing, access to free and low-cost green renewable technology, and building the best schools in America taught by well-paid and highly trained educators.
We started this campaign to do more than talk about the issues we already agree on, but to build a broad coalition around innovative plans and policies built on giving power and resources back to those who it was taken from.