In 2017, Kelly Walsh was elected by nearly half of the the voters of Decatur’s District 1 to succeed outgoing City Commissioner Fred Boykin. Kelly ran a positive campaign rooted in issues of walkability, community engagement, and strategic planning for smart growth. It was a competitive race with four candidates and Kelly won the seat by garnering 47.59% percent of the vote over her three opponents.
Kelly has lived in the City of Decatur with her husband Pat since 2005, and has a long history of service to the community through many volunteer and leadership roles.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Kelly’s experience in public service dates back to her early work post-college on Capitol Hill, followed by international development projects promoting democracy and free elections in Africa for a non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C. After completing her MBA, Kelly came to Atlanta to work in international marketing and strategic planning for the global corporate headquarters of UPS. Kelly intends to leverage her experience in strategic planning in the role of Commissioner, a skill set honed in both her professional work at UPS and volunteer board service to high-impact non-profit organizations like Girls on the Run and Atlanta Track Club.
Working as a Realtor since 2012, Kelly is one of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta’s top individual residential agents and has been the recipient of the DeKalb Association of Realtors’ Pinnacle Award four times. With a lifelong passion for travel and international study, Kelly speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish. An avid runner, Kelly enjoys competing at local races and running for fun in the neighborhood. The highlight of Kelly’s volunteer career in Decatur was receiving the Hometown Hero Award in 2015.
Kelly’s husband of 13 years, Pat Walsh, is the Decatur Market President for Charter Bank (formerly Resurgens Bank) and serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Decatur Arts Alliance. He also coaches youth basketball for the Decatur recreation league. Kelly and Pat have two children in the City Schools of Decatur. They enjoy being active as a family outside, taking hikes with their dog, and enjoying all the community events in and around the city.