Leda Kelly

Tallahassee (GOVERNOR)

Leda currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Transportation overseeing the Legislative Affairs, External Affairs and Communications efforts of the department. Leda graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelors in Business Management. She started her career in government and politics working with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Louisiana. In 2012, Leda moved to Florida to work as the Associate Director of External Affairs for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Shortly thereafter, Leda began working for the Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott, where she held several roles within the Governor’s Communications and External Affairs teams. These roles developed her strong background in statewide stakeholder engagement, event execution, messaging, and crisis management. In 2014, she joined Scott’s reelection campaign as the Director of Operations, and following a successful reelect, she rejoined the Executive Office of the Governor as the Deputy Director of External Affairs. In 2018, she joined Scott’s U.S. Senate campaign team as the Director of External Affairs.

Upon Senator Scott’s election to the U.S. Senate, Leda served as his State Director representing Florida. She managed the Senator’s nine regional offices and staff, was the main point of contact for Washington D.C. and Florida-based federal agency personnel, supported local stakeholders during the grants application process, assisted with constituent issues, and crafted policy. Prior to joining FDOT, Leda served as Staff Director of the Florida House of Representatives Redistricting Committee, and subcommittees.

Leda resides in Tallahassee, FL with her loving husband, J. Alex, and their two dogs.

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