Ann Marie Kelly - Executive DirectorYPAL’s new Executive Director,  Ann Marie Kelly, will take the reins of at our only full-time position on February 10, 2014. Ann Marie is a current member of YPAL and has participated in the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program, designed to develop Louisville’s future leaders.  She says she is excited to begin this new position because she believes in YPAL’s mission to engage, develop and connect Louisville’s young professionals.

YPAL President Rebecca Weis said, “Among a strong and diverse pool of candidates, Ann Marie Kelly exemplified what we were looking for – someone with a passion for our mission, with connections in the community, and experience in program development, management and fundraising.  We found in Ann Marie the perfect Executive Director to meet the challenge of strengthening the value proposition of YPAL, and welcome her to the organization with great excitement.”

Ann Marie is a Louisville native who has previously worked at the Archdiocese of Louisville and Greater Louisville, Inc. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications from Bellarmine University where she currently volunteers as an Alumni Mentor.

“I love Louisville,” said Ann Marie.  “My goal is to retain our local young talent and train them to be the best they can be.”

Ann Marie spends her spare time working with power tools – a skill learned while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.  She loves traveling and exploring new places, and that includes the newest restaurants Louisville has to offer.

Learn more about Ann Marie in our OFF THE CUFF interview below:


YPAL Title: Executive Director

Day Job: See above

Why YPAL: Networking with good people and I believe in their mission!

Why Louisville: Family, Friends and Food

Career Ambition:  To make a difference

First Job: Concession Stand – serving up nachos pool side

Recommend a book:  “The Defining Decade” by Meg Jay

Person you’d like to meet: The Pope

What makes Louisville weird? Our local restaurants

Favorite thing to do in Louisville: Go to Churchill Downs

Favorite Restaurant:  Guaca Mole

Connect with Ann Marie:

            Twitter: @annmarieK03

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