Born and raised in Queens, NY, Kelly Ureña fulfills various roles. In addition to being a mother, daughter, friend, sister, and mentor, she is an established educator, bilingual community member and leader with a long history of advocacy and service. Self-driven, a life-long advocate for equity in healthcare and education, Ms. Ureña channeled her passion to fulfill her purpose through social work. Believing that social work is not a career but a way of life, she has grounded her work in community/family engagement, cultural responsiveness, and social justice.
After completing her undergraduate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Criminal Justice and Planning, Ms. Ureña continued her education with ADELPHI University’s School of Social Work, obtaining her MSW. Ms. Ureña also holds a Family Development Worker Credential from the University of Connecticut and is a Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI) graduate.
As a Licensed Master Social Worker, Ms. Ureña dedicates her time in the field of education, fulfilling her passion to serve children and families. As a leader in her profession, Ms. Ureña offers professional development in her field and is well known for her work in strengthening families, communities and building partnerships. Ms. Ureña is also a Co-Leader for Latina Moms Connect, Inc. and serves as a School Board Trustee in one of Long Island’s local school districts.
Ms. Ureña’s work and life embodies her passion, genuineness, and intentionality in her journey of love, generosity, and servitude.