Kelly Kinnison

Kelly Kinnison,  Director, Division of Family and

Kelly Kinnison

Director, Division of Family and Community Policy

Kelly Kinnison is Director of the Division of Family and Community Policy. She oversees the development of research, legislative proposals, and policy on employment and economic mobility, marriage, fatherhood, refugee resettlement, housing and homelessness, incarceration and reentry, child support enforcement, local community strategies to address poverty, and related topics. Kelly provides leadership on cross-cutting policy initiatives such as the U.S. Interagency Council on Economic Mobility, and works with her team to develop innovative policy research with a cross-program lens. Recent examples include developing research, measurement tools, and practitioner engagement on social capital, training and technical assistance, and the role of lived experience in human services policy and programs at the federal level. Kelly came to HHS from the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, where she served as a Branch Chief of a team conducting research and analysis on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Prior to working for the federal government, Kelly was an evaluation consultant for community organizations working on violence prevention and mentoring. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in community psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.