Kelli Saunders, Byron Center

Kelli Saunders, Commissioner, Michigan Women's Commission

Saunders currently works for the Edward Lowe Foundation as the Senior Executive Specialist and is based in Lansing. Previously, she had worked in state government for 12 years. As the Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Brian Calley, she worked on complex legislative issues and built coalitions to help Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens. Her work on disability advocacy by developing the MI Hidden Talent Initiative, promoting comradery in state government through the implementation of the Relentless Positive Traction 5K Run/Walk, and also successfully fundraising and planning the 2016 National Lt. Governor’s Association Summer Conference in Grand Rapids has been a part of Michigan’s comeback. Saunders also worked for Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land as her Director of Public Affairs, focusing on the organ donor registry and the enhanced driver’s license. She is the current President of the Gerald R. Ford Republican Women’s Club in Kent County. She lives in Byron Center and received her bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College.