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Chief of Staff

Kelly McFarland Stratman is a nonprofit executive with a track record of fostering innovation and transformative change. A trusted leader, Kelly believes that success blooms in an environment of collaboration, respect, and opportunity. She is an ASAE-certified association executive and serves as the Chief of Staff. 

Kelly has held various leadership positions in her 18-year tenure in the League’s national office.  For more than a decade, Kelly worked in the membership/field support area, building capacity among the organization’s volunteer-led 750 affiliates. Kelly managed several initiatives, including the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program, Citizen Initiative for Transparency, and Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities. Most recently, she has focused on organization-wide culture change, through governance, strategic planning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Prior to joining the League’s national office, Kelly served as the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, where she managed the state office, coordinated lobbying activities, and managed grant-funded citizen education and advocacy efforts.

 Kelly’s academic background is in international relations with a special concentration on Asia, which was a springboard to her living and working in Japan for more than 4 years. These days, she makes her home in northern Virginia with her husband Steve and their two teenage daughters. 

2020 Convention Awards (LMS Articles)

Voting is closed. The winner will be announced at Saturday's plenary.

The deadline for submissions was March 2. 

Plan to come early and stay late to enjoy some of the many Chicago attractions.

LWV Pilot Programs (LMS Articles)

The purpose of this document is to assist in establishing a framework for what a pilot means, how it should be conducted and to outline when it must be submitted for approval.

Visit Chicago’s celebrated architecture, both old and new.  

Learn more about the historic Hilton Chicago.

“You can vote at 5 today, Mom,” said my 11-year old over her morning cereal earlier this week. I put down my coffee and gave her a smile that was filled with a mix of astonishment and pride.

As volunteers of the League of Women Voters of Fairfax (VA) helped new citizens and others register to vote this past weekend, we also helped answer many of the common questions that come up about the voting process.

So as we approach Mother’s Day, I want to thank my League foremothers. And, I want to offer them a gift: to try my best to be a role model for those coming after me.