Kelly Kirschner, Chair

kelly_kirschner_no_background Former mayor of the city of Sarasota (Florida), co-founder of UnidosNow and now Chair of this organization, Kelly Kirschner is dean of executive and special programs at Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg.

With an M.A. in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and having lived and worked in Central and South America for over four years, Kelly not only speaks Spanish fluently, but he is also knowledgeable about the history and challenges the immigrant population face upon arrival in the United States.

The Hispanic population in the region has grown 350% in the past five years. Kelly is passionate about elevating the quality of life of this population.