Marion Kelly serves as Director for the Office of Community & Business Relations within Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic. In this role, Mr. Kelly provides leadership for the organizations’ efforts to build solid neighbor, civic and corporate relationships. “Community” in its broadest sense encompasses the entire Southwest region of the United States. In addition to providing leadership in Community Affairs, he is also responsible for institutionalizing “Diversity” as a corporate objective within the strategic plan of Mayo Clinic.
Mr. Kelly’s broad experiences are in both the education and political arena. His experiences include teaching elementary education, working in the United States Senate, Indiana University School of Medicine Administration and Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Mayo Medical School. Mr. Kelly was an appointee in the first Bush White House administration as Special Assistant for At Risk Youth Initiatives at the United States Department of Labor, and as the White House Liaison for the Labor Department.
Mr. Kelly holds degrees from Kentucky State University and University of Kentucky. He has completed additional graduate coursework toward a graduate degree in Psychology at Indiana University.
He serves his local community as Chair, Diversity Leadership Alliance, Chair, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Arizona Affiliate Board, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Board, as well as Community Celebrating Diversity Board. Marion is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Mu Boule.
He is married to Francine Ellison Kelly. They have three adult married children, Kristopher (Karli), 31, Ericka (Khristopher), 27 and Kyle (Hollie), 26 and 3 grandchildren. However, their pet Yorkshire Terrier “Boots” runs the household.