Meet Kelly Westlund
Kelly Westlund grew up in a military family and spent much of her life in the southern part of the country. She settled in northern Wisconsin after earning her degree in Peace, Conflict, and Global Studies from Northland College in Ashland.
She went on to work with a local nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Sustainability, where her efforts were focused on sustainable community and economic development. While serving as Executive Director, Kelly coordinated a regional pilot project with the State Office of Energy Independence that was designed to increase energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy alternatives. She also worked with local businesses and municipalities to reduce waste and promote more sustainable day-to-day operations as part of the Green Team Network of Early Adopters of Sustainability.
As a small business owner, Kelly has spent the last three years working with the Bayfield Regional Food Producers Cooperative. Her work focused on building a strong local food system through farm-to-table events, community supported agriculture, wholesale marketing and distribution, and organizational efficiencies. Kelly's work helped area farmers focus on what they do best while building a food system that can support family farms for generations to come.
She is married to a local carpenter, Caleb, who is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Kelly was endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee on the day she announced. She is a graduate of the
Leadership Wisconsin program and served on the Ashland City Council from 2011-2014. Kelly is also a member of the Young Elected Officials Network and the first graduate of Emerge Wisconsin to seek a federal office.