Art Kelly has a long track record of effectively building and implementing grassroots plans. In particular, he built a nationwide grassroots network as Vice President of Field Operations for the United Seniors Association (USA), which mobilized over 1.5 million senior citizens. According to the president of Direct Mail Processors, USA was the only grassroots organization that was able to organize grassroots leaders to personally deliver petitions to Congress. These constituents delivered tens of thousands of petitions to every comgressional office and to many Memrbers of Congress themselves.
Art also has specialized expertise in directing successful grasstops campaigns (mobilizing community leaders) as Vice President of CNP Action, Inc., the lobbying arm of the Council for National Policy (CNP). The New York Times described CNP as "a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country.”
These are highlights of a distinguished 30+ year career in Washington, DC that also included a senior management political appointment to the Department of Education, and significant experience in government affairs, public policy, and communications. Art served as a Special Agent in Military Intelligence, including service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and the 1st Logistical Command. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.