Kelli Prather was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. Her family was no stranger to the struggle. Ms. Prather comes from humble beginnings and was raised in a family of 13 children of raising a family of 13 children. .Kelli’s parents were excellent role models who taught her to remain tenacious during times of adversity. Although, her family was not rich financially, they were rich in spirit and love. Kelli began working early; she has been employed for 32 years.
Kelli developed a strong work ethic early in life. Kelli started working when she was 14 years old and every summer thereafter, she obtained employment through the Citizen’s Committee on Youth. After graduating from Withrow High School, Kelli attended Cincinnati Technical College from 1993 to 1997.After she obtained two associates degrees and being on the waiting list for the Occupational Therapy Assisting Program for three years, she continued her education at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College from 1997 to 1999. Upon graduation, Kelli enrolled in The University of Findlay from 1999 to 2003.and the University of Indianapolis until 2005.
Ms. Prather is currently a student at the Union Institute & University pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy and Social Change with a specialization in MLK Studies.
After becoming a licensed Occupational Therapist, Kelli relocated to New York City and began working as an Occupational Therapist. She worked as an independent contractor in multiple settings including the New York City Department of Education (school setting): nursing homes: assisted living facilities and home health. While living in NYC, Kelli spent her free time volunteering with undeserved populations in shelters for homeless citizens and battered women. This volunteer work compelled Ms. Prather to become an advocate for social change with the goal of creating legislation to bring awareness and to help obtain resources for organizations that provide services for these populations. Before transitioning back to Cincinnati full-time, Kelli worked with the New York State Attorney General’s Office to detect and report Medicare Fraud on behalf of the people she cared for as an Occupational Therapist.
Eager to be the voice of the people and with a new sense of civic duty and social consciousness, Kelli returned to Cincinnati. She entered the political arena to support vulnerable and marginalized communities that were oppressed, excluded and disregarded. Ms. Prather then began to affiliate herself with organizations to be a voice for the 52 neighborhoods in Cincinnati.
Kelli is a member of multiple organizations geared toward helping Citizens throughout the Great State of Ohio. She is a member of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce where she supports the mission to change people’s lives by empowering them to start their own businesses in hopes of building stronger communities. Additionally, Kelli participates in developing the Business and Community Development subcommittees of The Greater Cincinnati Community Reinvestment Coalition which signed a landmark $30 billion community development, business development and mortgage Community Benefit Agreement that covers the county through November 2020.
Her civic responsibilities do not stop there. Kelli is on the steering committee of the Black Agenda Cincinnati, the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati NAACP and a local representative of the Rainbow Push Steering Committee of Ohio. Ms. Prather fights to protect the political, educational, social, and economic rights of all persons. She also works diligently to eliminate inequality, racial discrimination and inequity in communities. Kelli also participates in Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Peoples Platform for Justice Initiatives which brings together faith-based, community, and labor partners to achieve racial, social, and economic justice for all Ohioans.
Ms. Prather is the Founder of the Millvale Ambassadors and assisted in establishing the Millvale Resident Council. Kelli has worked on projects with the Women In the NAACP (W.I.N.) Committee of the NAACP and served as volunteer coordinator for the 2016 National NAACP Convention that was held in Cincinnati, OH. Ms. Prather served on the 2016 Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee as a Bernie Sanders Delegate. Ms. Prather is extremely passionate about improving the quality of life for returning citizens and strengthening reentry programs. Kelli proudly served as an Ohio Delegate for the 1st National Convention of the Formerly Incarcerate Convicted People and Family Members Movement.
It is clear to see Kelli cares for her community as she has spent more than 25 years advocating for her community. Ms. Prather uses her experience and passion for community and civic engagement efforts on a regular basis to help all citizens of Cincinnati to live the best life possible.
Kelli Prather is a candidate for Hamilton County Commissioner. Ms. Prather plans to bring her life experiences, professional experience and wealth of experiences as a public servant to the Hamilton County Commission.
Please support Ms. Prather by Voting Kelli Prather for Hamilton County Commission in the primary election on March 17, 2020.