Brian spent 40 years in the Information Technology field progressing from programming to management, where he learned the value of teamwork and creativity to solve complex problems. He was a freelance beat reporter in the 80s and 90s covering the nascent GLBTQ drive for equality in the passage of Chicago’s and San Diego’s first ordinances to ensure non-discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations; he also wrote about the early struggles to understand and combat AIDS.
Last year he became interested in AARP’s mission to advance the needs of senior citizens and joined the organization as a volunteer advocate. He covered the battle to preserve the Affordable Care Act last year and recorded PSAs in favor of keeping the ACA intact. Early this year he followed AARP’s advocacy team in Tallahassee on bills of interest to seniors and gained an appreciation and a strong interest in the results-oriented work the advocacy team performs in our state. He participated in the listening sessions held in the neighborhoods by the St. Petersburg Age-Friendly coalition to gather insights into what residents of all ages want and need to make their city more livable.
Today Mr. Kelly represents AARP on the St. Petersburg Complete Streets Committee which oversees implementation of Complete Streets guidelines to promote a balance between pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle modes of transport in the city, an ongoing effort projected for the next 5 years.