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Kelli Bottger brings a wealth of electoral, legislative and educational leadership experience to the educational choice movement. As AFC’s Director of Political Strategy, Kelli works closely with state directors on policymaker cultivation, the creation and execution of state level electoral plans, and AFC’s candidate recruitment strategy.

Prior to joining AFC, Kelli served as government affairs and communications director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL), where she worked hand-in-hand with legislators, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) members, educators, community leaders and various stakeholders to empower teachers and provide leadership opportunities for educators across Louisiana.

She was instrumental in creating, funding and implementing A+PEL’s Instructional All-Stars Program, which provided powerful training and development for dozens of Louisiana’s top educators.

During her nearly seven years in the classroom, Kelli specialized in teaching fourth grade math and science in Ascension Parish, where she also held numerous leadership roles, including acting as a mentor teacher and event organizer. Additionally, Kelli worked tirelessly on numerous committees to help improve textbook, technology, assessment and student conduct policies.