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Lee McMahon Kelley

Senior Program Analyst, Office of Family Readiness Policy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Lee McMahon Kelley, LGSW, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is currently a Senior Program Analyst at the Office of Family Readiness Policy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community & Family Policy).

The Office of Family Readiness Policy is responsible for programs and policies that promote the well-being, readiness, and quality of life of more than one million military families, including more than 400,000 infants and toddlers. Ms. Kelley has worked with service members, veterans, and military families for more than 14 years. She enlisted in the U.S. Army following 9/11 and served for more than five years as a broadcast journalist covering stories around the world for the military. Following her enlistment, she worked with the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program and Warrior Transition Command. Ms. Kelley’s service in the Army and work with wounded warrior families inspired her to pursue her Masters in Social Work. She earned her MSW from the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service in 2015. She completed her first year field work with the D.C. Department of Mental Health Homeless Outreach Program, working with families experiencing homelessness. Ms. Kelley’s advanced year clinical field placement took place at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the Department of Behavioral Health where she did one-on-one therapy with service members and their families. She is passionate about the study of attachment and the study of adverse childhood experiences in the military community. Ms. Kelley also holds a Master of Communications degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. She and her family live in Alexandria, VA.

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