Kailey is a life long resident of Sussex County and a loud and proud advocate for the beauty of the rural landscape that she grew up in. She spent her childhood in walking distance of Kittatinny High School where she was Class President for 3 year, Secretary of the Future Business Leaders of America, a Peer Leader, and active in many other clubs and honors/AP classes.
After graduation, she attended Ithaca College in New York State where she studied History and Women's Studies. There, she began her work in philanthropy as an intern at the Advocacy Center in Ithaca, where she helped raise $5000, and organized trainings for sexual assault victim Advocates. She also worked as a Resident Assistant where she learned how to build and engage healthy communities, especially surrounding youth and young adults.
After serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Sussex County in 2012-13, she found her passion for public service. She continued her work in nonprofits while pursuing her Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Since then, she has focused her work on youth development in Sussex County as Director of Programs at Pass It Along, located in Sparta. There, she serves on several county committees, including as Treasurer of the Sussex County Council of Service Agencies. She also helped to form the Hampton Township Democrats Club, of which she currently serves as Chair. Outside of work she likes to read, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with her family.
She believes her 7 years experience in the nonprofit sector, knowledge and interest in strategic, operational, and budgetary planning, and understanding of the public sector makes her a strong candidate. She knows she can get things done strategically, for the benefit of the people she serves, while being conscious of the fiscal realities.
Katie’s family moved to Hampton Township when she was just two years old and considers it the only true home she’s ever known. She attended McKeown Elementary School, and Kittatinny Regional High School where she served as Class President for 4 years, as Secretary of the National Honor Society and as a member of the Peer Leadership Steering Committee.
A lifelong lover of art and film, Katie attended New York University where she studied Film and Television Production at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Katie was chosen among all her peers to receive the Martin Scorsese Scholarship Endowment and graduated with honors. During this time she interned at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project as a paralegal and in the LGBT Project’s Public Education and Video department. Katie uses her art and films to advocate for equal rights and social justice in an attempt to bridge the gap between disparate groups in our society, and to facilitate community outreach and engagement. Her thesis film Free Man, about the inequalities of civil unions, played at over 25 film festivals worldwide.
The move from film to politics is completely natural as she is continuing to serve the public, but now through governing. She believes coming from such a unique background gives her an innovative and thoughtful perspective that most candidates do not possess. She is following the natural progression of her unorthodox public service to the town and people she loves. Unable to wait for the election, Katie recently joined the Hampton Township Recreation Committee to begin serving her community. There is no place on earth Katie would rather live than in Hampton Township and the chance to represent her fellow residents and helping to make an already incredible town better would be a dream come true.