It is an honor to serve as your Decatur, District 1 City Commissioner. I am most grateful for the opportunity.


Commissioner Kelly Walsh has represented District 1 of the City of Decatur since being sworn in on January 2nd, 2018. She was elected in a four-way race by nearly half of the voters of her district by running a positive campaign rooted in issues of walkability, community engagement, and strategic planning for smart growth.

As an elected official she understands the imperative of working on policies and programs that provide the most benefits to the most residents. She is passionate about her service and demonstrates her commitment through preparation, engagement, and attendance at every public meeting. Kelly has a long history of service to Decatur through many volunteer and leadership roles. She was recognized by the community for her volunteerism when she received the Hometown Hero Award in 2015.


Kelly’s experience in public service began right after college, working on Capitol Hill, followed by stints in international development project management, and leading training programs promoting democracy and free elections in Africa for a non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C.  Upon completion of her MBA in 1999, Kelly was recruited to Atlanta to work in international marketing and strategic planning for the global headquarters of UPS. After shepherding her two children to Clairemont Elementary school she became a residential Realtor in 2012. She works at Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta located in downtown Decatur with a primary focus on the local real estate market.


Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Having a lifelong passion for travel and international study, Kelly speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish. Also an avid runner, she enjoys competing at local races and joining friends and neighbors for recreational running and walking all around the city.


Her family, including husband Pat, and children Owen, and Brigit, has resided in the City of Decatur since 2005. Pat is a Senior Vice President at Tandem Bank and works in the Decatur office. He serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Decatur Arts Alliance. As a family they enjoy traveling, biking, cheering on Atlanta United, and hiking with their dog.

Kelly Walsh humbly asks for your vote on Tuesday, November 2nd to re-elect her as City Commissioner for District 1.

Kelly’s Commitment to Service

Kelly’s Dedication to Community

City of Decatur Commissioner, District 1, 2018-present

Secretary and Treasurer of the Urban Redevelopment Agency for the City of Decatur

Steering Committee member, MLK Everyday Senior Housing Rehabilitation Project 2021

Graduate of the Urban Land Institute Center for Leadership Class of 2020

Graduate of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2018

Decatur Hometown Hero 2015

Steering Committee Member, Decatur 360 Comprehensive Plan, 2015

Chair, Decatur Active Living Citizens Advisory Board, 2013 & 2014

Member, Decatur Business Association

Graduate, Decatur 101 Class of 2012

Kelly Works For Kids

PTA Co-President, Clairemont Elementary, 2014-2017

PTA Council Liaison, Decatur Education Foundation, 2016-2017

Chair DEF/FAVE Fifth Avenue 5K & Mayor’s Mile, 2016-2017

Board Chair, Girls on the Run Board of Directors, 2007-2009

Kelly On the Run

​Atlanta Track Club, Board of Directors, ​2010-2015

Girls on the Run​, Coach, 2017

Kelly Volunteers For That

Volunteer Decatur!

Bulldog Booster Club

Keller Williams Red Day

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