Kelly Macías is an award-winning writer, educator and consultant. Her grandfather likes to say that she’s had “a lot of jobs”—and its true. Based in Washington, DC, she has worked in education/training, immigrant and refugee advocacy, international development and organizational development before settling into her true calling as a writer and consultant focused on organizational development, equity and inclusion. She has worked in several countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and in all her travels, she has never encountered a glass of red wine that she didn’t like.
Kelly has worked with universities, labor unions, K-12 schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals in a variety of settings in their efforts to become more inclusive and to further racial and social justice. In addition to her independent consulting practice, she writes about politics, race and gender for various media platforms. Her weekly political columns can be found on BlackHer and Blavity and from 2017-2019, she was a staff writer at Daily Kos, the largest liberal blog focused on politics and activism in the US. Her writing has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, The Feminist Wire, Twenties Unscripted, Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism, Cultural Studies—Critical Methodologies and various academic journals and books. She is a recipient of the 2017 BlogHer Voices of the Year Award for her essay “A Letter to My Young Self on the Eve of Hillary Clinton’s Nomination for President” and has been blogging since 2008.
After spending way too much time on social media when she should have been working, Kelly turned her passion for understanding how black women use social media into a doctoral dissertation in 2015. She has a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and is an adjunct professor in the media and communications for social change program at Adler University. When her very stubborn beagle pup, Clinton, isn’t bossing her around, she can be found working out her many life’s conflicts on her yoga mat.