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Kellie Watson

Chief Equity Officer

Louisville, KY


Kellie R. Watson is the first Chief Equity Officer for Mayor Greg Fischer. She provides strategic, visionary planning and oversight to advance racial equity though out Louisville Metro Government and oversees the Departments of Human Resources and the Human Relations Commission. Prior to this position, she was the General Counsel and Legislative Liaison between Mayor Fischer and Louisville Metro Council. Kellie was the Chair of the Ohio River Bridges Project Team. She was also the Director of the Human Resources Department for Louisville Metro Government. Prior to these positions, she was the Director of the Office of Human Resource Management/Acting Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Small Business for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission for several years, and under Mayor Dave Armstrong, she was the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action.

Kellie is a member of the Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, of where she serves as the Executive Board Chair of Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter and the Legislative Liaison of the Derby City Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. Past memberships include Ignite Louisville, Young Professionals Association of Louisville, and Louisville Urban League Young Professionals.

Kellie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Policy Analysis from the University of Louisville, Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University.

Kellie is a native of Louisville, KY and the mother of one son.

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