Kelly Knowles serves as Senior Director of Political Affairs for the American Bakers Association (ABA). ABA is the national trade association that represents over 200 baker and allied member companies that together manufacture over 80 percent of the wholesale baked goods sold in the United States – a $100+ billion industry.
In her role as Senior Director of Political Affairs, Kelly serves as Director of American Bakers PAC, the Political Action Committee of grain-based foods. Since joining ABA in 2002, Kelly has worked diligently to revitalize and strengthen the PAC through increased ABA member participation, fundraising and strategic disbursements. Election cycle receipts in 2012 exceeded $300,000, an all-time ABA high.
Kelly also serves as the primary staff liaison for the ABA Executive Leadership Development Committee (ELDC), which works to develop leadership of the baking industry. Active participants of ELDC are introduced to the legislative and regulatory process, the role of the association in Washington, pro-business political involvement activities and baking industry education and trends.
Kelly holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; a Graduate Certificate in Political Action Committees & Political Management and a Masters of Arts in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University.
A Goldsboro, North Carolina, native, Kelly is an active member of the North Carolina and Texas Societies of Washington, The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Innovate to Motivate Advisory Committee and the Business & Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) Prosperity Project Steering Committee.
Areas of Expertise
- Grassroots Activism
- Leadership Development
- Political Affairs