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Kelly O'Donnell began her time in service to the commonwealth in 2008 with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's executive office as an administrative assistant under former Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. She later served as the department's legislative director. In 2011, Kelly transferred to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in the role of legislative director, a position she held until August 2012 when she was named the director of operations and management. A Mifflin County native, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University. As policy director, she coordinates initiatives and special projects with the Governor's Office of Policy and Planning and with other agencies, researches and develops policy assessments and recommendations on issues affecting agriculture, and tracks external programs and legislation affecting the department. Kelly resides in Harrisburg.