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Lorelei Kelly Beeck Center Social Impact Innovation Government

Lorelei Kelly


Lorelei Kelly is an expert on building inclusive and informed democratic systems.  She leads the Resilient Democracy Coalition (RDC) and is based at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University.  The coalition assesses how data, technology and new engagement methods can help build a more resilient democracy, specifically focused on Congress.  

Lorelei used to lead the Smart Congress initiative with the Open Technology Institute at New America. She was also at the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.  A civil-military expert, she has spent a decade leading “Security for a New Century” a bipartisan study group in the House and Senate.  Lorelei has worked with hundreds of women candidates across the USA– creating and communicating national security platforms that reflect the needs of a rapidly changing world. She attended Grinnell College, Stanford University and the Air Command and Staff College of the US Air Force.  She has co authored two books and numerous articles.  Please see the list of her publications

Education: Grinnell College, B.A. in Political Science; Stanford University, M.A. in International Policy Studies

Hometown:  Born in California, raised in the Bay Area and Northern New Mexico

Favorite Quote: “What place would you advise me to visit now?” he asked. “The planet Earth” replied the geographer. “It has a good reputation.” – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

What I’m Reading Now:  Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Sheteyngart

Featured Blog Posts

How to Make Data an Asset for Public Good?

How to Make Data an Asset for Public Good?

May 1, 2018: The data collected, released, and produced by the government has the potential to be leveraged for social good, but concerns about privacy and citizens’ rights are paramount.

Using Open Data to Rebuild Trust

Using Open Data to Rebuild Trust

April 19, 2018: Opening government data has the potential to build trust between citizens and the state while pushing for better public outcomes.

Building Ethical Design Into Blockchain

Building Ethical Design Into Blockchain

March 15, 2018: With blockchain technology in its formative stage, developers and practitioners have an opportunity to set ground rules that will protect people and ensure an ethical approach to applications for social good.

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