District Four

Kelly Palmer - Mayor Pro Tem

Kelly PalmerTerm Expires May 2023

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Kelly Connolly Palmer was elected to the Waco City Council to represent District IV on November 3, 2020, and sworn in on November 17, 2020. Kelly is a licensed social worker and educator. Currently, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, where she teaches courses on public policy, social justice, and diversity.

Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor, Kelly supervised a number of state and federal social service programs. Most recently, she was the Anti-Trafficking Director for Communities In Schools administering a $1.2 million federal anti-human trafficking grant on behalf of the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition. In this role, Kelly collaborated alongside a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement personnel, and other community partners to combat human trafficking in the Heart of Texas region. In addition to serving trafficking survivors locally, Kelly has also worked in the anti-trafficking sphere in Washington D.C. and throughout Europe.

Kelly holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, and a Masters of Social Work from Baylor University. Kelly and her husband Matthew, have been married for four years and are proud to call Waco home. They are active members of University Baptist Church, where Matthew was a Pastoral Associate during his Divinity School studies. When they aren’t volunteering in the community, Kelly and Matthew can usually be found going on a walk in their neighborhood, doting over their cat, Søren, or wandering around the stacks of the Waco Public Library in search of a good book.

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