Kelli Hughes, JD, is an Ohio licensed attorney and researcher at the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare (NARCCW) / Institute for Human Services (IHS) in Columbus, Ohio. Her primary work is focused on applied statutory analysis, policy analysis, and research on best practice on a multitude of child maltreatment related issues. She performs case consultation and strategic organizational development for IHS/NARCCW and partner organizations. Additionally, she provides graphic design, organizational branding, and website development services for several non-profit organizations.


Ms. Hughes' goal is to help effect systems change through more efficient, effective legislation and strategic NGO program development. She is interested in how language influences action or inaction, particularly in areas related to child maltreatment, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomics.


Ms. Hughes earned her JD from The Ohio State Moritz College of Law in 2011, where her studies focused on legislation, equal rights amendments, and statutory civil rights. While at Ohio State, she worked as a research and writing aid for the Kirwan Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Ms. Hughes was awarded the Leadership Scholarship from The Ohio State University for her leadership qualities, professional and personal accomplishments, past academic achievements, and commitment to making a positive difference in the community. She also was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future award for the best performance in the study of Statutory Civil Rights.


Ms. Hughes earned her BA in English Literature from Princeton University in 2007. Her studies focused on poetry, critical theory, and philosophy, and her published thesis was on the American Beat Poets.


In her spare time, Ms. Hughes enjoys fine art, and is an accomplished oil painter. She also enjoys being a member of the Ohio Archaeological Society, playing basketball, and hanging out with her dog, Huxley, and her cats, Krispie and Kahmir.




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