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Expertise: Politics, progressive policy, immigration and integration policy, media, Latino issues, race and ethnicity

Angela Maria Kelley is the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress. Kelley’s work focuses on politics, progressive policy, immigration and integration policy, media, Latino issues, and race and ethnicity.

Kelley is a well-known authority on the policy and politics of immigration. She joined American Progress in 2009 and was the first Vice President for Immigration Policy until November 2014. As Vice President, Kelley applied her many years of experience in the immigration field to the organization’s immigration policy work. In the years since Kelley’s arrival at American Progress, the organization has published numerous impactful reports and analyses on a range of immigration issues, including the economic impact of state anti-immigrant laws, the economic value of immigration reform, the cost of mass deportation, and the integration trends of America’s newcomers. As Vice President, Kelley played a leading role in creating and driving collaborative efforts with national immigrant rights, civil rights, labor, and ethnic organizations. She is widely quoted in the press—including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico—and makes frequent radio and television appearances, including appearances on PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR. Kelley took a leave of absence from American Progress in November 2014 to work as advisor in the White House on immigration executive actions. She also served as the vice president for campaigns and advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America before returning to American Progress.

Before joining American Progress, Kelley served as director of the Immigration Policy Center, a research and rapid-response organization that provides policymakers, academics, the media, and the general public with access to accurate information about the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy and society. Prior to that, Kelley was deputy director at the National Immigration Forum, where she headed its legislative, policy, and communications activities and oversaw its operations. During her service there, Kelley was a frontline negotiator as Congress debated proposed comprehensive immigration reform legislation. She was also at the forefront of advocacy that secured key legislative victories such as the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act, the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, and the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act.

Kelley, the daughter of South American immigrants, began her career as an attorney for a legal services agency in Washington, D.C., representing low-income immigrants on immigration and family matters. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and a Georgetown University Law School Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow.

By Angela Maria Kelley
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Observing—but Not Celebrating—Latina Equal Pay DayCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2016
A Way Forward on Child RefugeesCenter for American ProgressJuly 24, 2014
5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied ChildrenCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2014
Arizona, Immigration, and LGBT Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the UglyCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2014
Notes from the Fast for Families TentCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2013
Video: 3 Facts About Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressMarch 25, 2013
Immigration Polling Roundup: The American People Put the 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants FirstCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2012
A Post-Election Look at Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2012
Opinion: Wisconsin Shooting Doesn’t Define America—Our Response DoesNational JournalSeptember 21, 2012
Video: What the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona’s Immigration Law MeansCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Utah’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About New Mexico’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About California’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About New Jersey’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Texas’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMay 25, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About North Carolina’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Pennsylvania’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About New York’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2012
3 Reasons the Supreme Court Should Reject Arizona’s Immigration LawCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Maryland’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Illinois’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alabama’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2012
10 Facts You Need to Know About Immigrant WomenCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Georgia’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Ohio’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Massachusetts’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Virginia’s Demographic Changes and Immigration PoliticsCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2012
The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Arizona’s Latinos and ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2012
The Public’s View of ImmigrationCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2011
The Nasty Ripple Effects of Alabama’s Immigration LawCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2011
10 Reasons Why Immigration Reform Is Important to Our Fiscal HealthCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2011
DHS’s Announced Deportation Priorities Are Smart PolicyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2011
What’s Happening with the DREAM Act?Center for American ProgressJuly 11, 2011
Your State Can’t Afford ItCenter for American ProgressJuly 5, 2011
An Extraordinary Tale That Is All Too OrdinaryCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2011
The Impact of Immigration LegislationCenter for American ProgressMay 10, 2011
Securing Our Border, Helping Our EconomyCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2011
The “Border Security First” Argument: A Red Herring Undermining Real SecurityCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2011
Hypocrisy UnmaskedCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2011
Immigration Reform and the 112th CongressCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2011
Smarter Enforcement, More Targeted MeasuresCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2011
What Are the Economic Effects of Arizona’s Immigration Law?Center for American ProgressNovember 19, 2010
Stop the ConferenceCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2010
Latinos Make Their MarkCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2010
Making DREAMs Come TrueCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2010
Birthright LunacyCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2010
Ask the Expert: Immigration Reform Won’t Begin or End in a CourtroomCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2010
Taking Action Against ArizonaCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2010
Ask the Expert: What’s Going On in Arizona?Center for American ProgressApril 27, 2010
Immigration Reform Can Break the Political DeadlockCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2010
Are You Serious About Jobs?Center for American ProgressMarch 2, 2010
Letting Haitians Help ThemselvesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2010
Ask the Expert: Immigration Reform Is an Economy BoosterCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2010
Principles for Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2009
Immigration Reform Will Enhance Economic RecoveryCenter for American ProgressDecember 16, 2009
Immigration Reform Is Good for Economic RecoveryCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2009
Ask the Expert: Napolitano Makes the Case for Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2009
Choosing Between Family and the MilitaryCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2009
New DHS Immigration Rules Don’t Go Far EnoughCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2009
The Changing Face of Immigration to AmericaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2009
Kennedy’s Legacy: Keep Immigration Reform in Our SightsCenter for American ProgressAugust 27, 2009
Principles for Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2009
We Can’t Afford to Delay Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2009
Ask the Expert: Why We Need Comprehensive Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2009
Sotomayor’s Nomination Doesn’t Equal Immigration ReformCenter for American ProgressMay 29, 2009
Finding Friends of Immigration Reform in High PlacesCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2009