Kelli Soyer was born and raised in Iowa and is a product of Iowa’s public schools. She graduated from Johnston High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Kelli and her husband, Paul, live in Des Moines with their daughter, Sayde, a student in the Des Moines Public Schools.
Kelli is Associate Director for a local nonprofit. She has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit industry and
has worked tirelessly to advocate for children’s issues in Iowa and federally. Since it’s inception, Kelli has been involved with the Des Moines School Board’s Community Legislative Action Team (CLAT), sharing the parent voice on behalf of issues impacting the District. A recent success was extension of the SAVE Penny, a funding stream directed towards school infrastructure and technology needs.
Kelli is committed to being a strong voice for Des Moines’ children as an At-Large Representative on the Des Moines School Board. She believes all kids should have the same opportunity to achieve a quality, public education to strengthen their futures, their families, and our communities.
Awards & Recognitions
2016 Children’s Champion Award, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
2010 Friend of Children Award, Iowa School Social Workers' Association