Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour is an author and co-founder of Running Start. She has had the opportunity to help develop programs for high school and college women who are hungry to learn how a political campaign works and eager to become future candidates.

As a writer, Ms. Trumpbour’s book Working at Interest Groups and Nonprofits was praised by former White House Social Secretary under Jacqueline Kennedy, Letitia Baldrige, as “a walking primer of information, easy to read, and even inspiring in its message.” Kelly’s commentary on Running Start and young women’s unique role in politics has been featured in Redbook Magazine, Lifetime Television’s Election 2008 Hot Button, the Open Society Institute’s Audacious Ideas blog, CitizenJanePolitics.com, IgniteBaltimore.com, and on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

Before coming to Running Start, Ms. Trumpbour served on the board of directors of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee and as the Public Policy Chair for the National Association of Women Business Owner’s Maryland Chapter. Her work has allowed her to lobby on Capitol Hill and in the Maryland General Assembly on topics such as increasing federal contracts to women owned business, improving special education services, and protecting the rights of minors within the juvenile justice system. Before moving to the Baltimore area, Ms. Trumpbour had the opportunity to work under Mayor Dennis Archer on urban revitalization projects throughout the state of Michigan. She is also a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, the Johns Hopkins MBA program, the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College in Annapolis, and the University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts.