Sandra Kelly, 2019 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Sandi Kelly has served Camden County and the South Jersey region for decades. Her work in a myriad of roles exemplifies the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. by endlessly giving back as part of both her career and personal life.

Professionally, Ms. Kelly has long been active in South Jersey with a distinguished twenty-year career with Camden County, where she was able to significantly impact the lives of residents through a variety of programs. Whether she was implementing business programs to help create job opportunities or planning community events, she always demonstrated her passion for making a difference in the lives of others by consistently going above and beyond. She spearheaded the creation of new events for county residents, including community policing events, family-friendly activities, senior citizen and veteran events, eco-friendly events, and other programs that improved the sense of community and strengthened local government’s ties to its residents. In 2016, Ms. Kelly started her own marketing firm, SLK Community Consulting, where she continues her work with local governments and nonprofits.

Personally, Ms. Kelly is passionate about making a difference in her community. She serves on several boards and committees, including The Heart of Camden and Maryville Treatment Center. She volunteers with Dining Out for Life, organizes “care package” drives for homeless people, and alongside her husband Ron, hosts a yearly comedy benefit at the Ritz Theatre Company, which has raised more than $20,000 for organizations including Operation Yellow Ribbon and the Cooper Foundation’s Pink and Teal Fund.

Perhaps most notably, Ms. Kelly was a founding member and one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Camden County Addiction Task Force. Started in 2014, the task force’s successes include expanded access to treatment, community summits, a widespread education campaign, candlelight vigils, the birth of a sports recovery league, and a program that equips every police department with the overdose reversal agent, Naloxone – resulting in thousands of saved lives. In 2016, Ms. Kelly was honored as Woman of Distinction for Leadership by SJ Magazine for her work on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force.

Ms. Kelly’s dedication is inspired by her connection to others, and is reflected in one of her favorite quotes by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”