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Kelly McManus

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Kelly McManus

Director of Government Affairs

Kelly has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.

Kelly serves as the organization’s director of government affairs, working to leverage policy analysis as well as legislative tactics and strategies to advance The Education Trust’s equity agenda, message, and policy proposals at both the federal and state levels. In this position, she works alongside members of the education, civil rights, disability, and business communities to push for policies that improve the educational outcomes of our nation’s most vulnerable youth. Prior to joining The Education Trust, Kelly served as the government affairs director for Stand for Children Arizona, where she managed all aspects of policy and legislative affairs. Additionally, she managed Stand for Children Arizona’s statewide electoral work. Before that, Kelly managed public affairs for Teach For America–Phoenix and also taught middle school English in the School District of Philadelphia.

A native of North Carolina, Kelly holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in education, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University.

Superpower/Secret Talent
I know every word in the Sound of Music and can essentially recite the entire movie from memory.

Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
The students I taught and the families I’ve worked with deserve a fierce advocate, fighting for all children to get the opportunities they deserve. Ed Trust has been, and continues to be, that advocate.

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