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Kelly Smith

Development Director

With over eleven years of fundraising experience, Kelly Smith, Development Director joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in the fall of 2019.

Kelly graduated in 1995 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she spent two summers in Washington D.C., with the Congressional office of John Boehner and with the Republican House Conference Committee. Upon graduation, Kelly worked as part of the Ohio Republican Party’s finance team helping organize the successful 1998 Governor’s Gala for then Governor Bob Taft. As Field Representative for Congressman John Boehner she was responsible for the Congressman’s district activities covering five counties, as well as his yearly Farm Forum.

In 2008, Kelly officially began working in development as Vice President of Strategic Partners for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions (BIPPS) in Lexington, Kentucky where she spent 10 years advancing BIPPS work to move Kentucky from big government debt to prosperity. She has continued that core mission in development at Yankee Institute in Connecticut and now at the Nevada Policy Research Institute.