Kelly Akemi Groth is a Bay Area native and has lived in San Francisco for the past 10 years. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and later went on to earn her graduate degree.
Kelly's grandfather (top right) and his family were incarcerated by the American government during World War II. Inspired by his fight to defend his civil liberties and rights, she began advocating for social causes at a young age.
Organizer. Advocate. Activist.
Kelly is a seasoned organizer with experience running local campaigns, canvassing neighborhoods, and coalition-building. In Eugene, Oregon, Kelly canvassed low-income neighbors living in environmentally sensitive areas who were experiencing health issues including cancer and asthma. She's passionate about and has advocated for women's reproductive justice, abolishing ICE, stopping homeless encampment sweeps, and improving tenant protections. Currently she works as a policy advisor to a nonprofit, with a focus on expanding access to the ballot, fair redistricting, and ensuring a complete and accurate 2020 Census count.