Suzanne P Kelly

Suzanne P. Kelly

Suzanne P. Kelly last week wa named Chief of Staff  at Center for Economic Inclusion.

A senior-level administrative leader in education, Kelly's career spans nearly 25 years in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Memphis public school districts. She has held primary responsibility for management of diverse public-school employees, and led transformational, systemic change to achieve equitable service to, and outcomes for, communities of color.

Prior to her new position Kelly served as Chief of Staff for Minneapolis Public Schools (2016-2021), Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (2013-2016), St. Paul Public Schools (2007-2009, 2010-2012), and Memphis Public Schools (2003-2007). She was Interim Superintendent at St. Paul Public Schools from 2009-2010.

Kelly holds a Master's in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University at Mankato, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla.

"I am honored to welcome and partner with such a principled and accomplished leader to the Center as we grow to equip more employers and policy makers to transform and build racially equitable and inclusive workplaces and regional economies," said Tawanna A. Black, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. "Suzanne is a fierce champion for racial equity. Her purposeful leadership and experience building high-performing teams and systems for sustainable results will harness and anchor the Center’s entrepreneurial spirit, vision, and ambition."

The Center for Economic Inclusion seeks to close racial wealth gaps and accelerate shared accountability for achieving regional inclusive economic growth. Through the Center’s research, thought leadership, employer inclusivity and inclusive growth consulting services, advocacy with policymakers, narrative change campaigns and experiential learning events, the Center seeks to increase the number of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian workers earning family-sustaining wages in the Twin Cities region by 10 percent over the next five years. Learn more at

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