Odessa Kelly - Unrig Summit 2020

Odessa Kelly

Odessa Kelly

Odessa Kelly

Co-Chair | Stand Up Nashville

Odessa is a native of Nashville, she works diligently to bring positive and equitable change to the Nashville community by serving as co-chair for Stand Up Nashville, a coalition of community-based organizations and labor unions that represent the working people of Nashville who have seen our city transformed by development, but have not shared in the benefits of that growth. She also serves as Nashville Organized for action and Hope (NOAH), Economic Equity & Jobs task force chair. Her work with NOAH has included building one of the largest and most powerful social justice movements in Nashville. She has advocated for the working class and underserved communities in Nashville, issues ranging from affordable housing to establishing the first ever Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in the state of Tennessee. She believes that Nashville has the potential to be achieve a progressive paradigm shift. A cultural shift in how a traditional southern city becomes a leader in the progressive movement across the country.


Odessa was recently named Nashville Scenes Activist of the Year and also awarded the 2018 Human Right Rising Advocate award.
She attended Stratford High School and then Tennessee State University where she received her degree in Business Administration. Odessa also holds a Masters degree of Public Service from Cumberland University. Odessa is a staunch liberal who strongly believes in serving Nashville through public service and creating policies that enhance all it’s residents and provide real opportunities to have the best quality of life. She has built most of her career in the public sector being a civil servant for Parks & Recreation, where she currently serves at Napier community center.

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