Kelly Dowdell is the policy and research specialist at Momentum, a community economic development organization that works with individuals, businesses and systems to reduce poverty and build a more inclusive local economy. In this role, Kelly has advanced public policy research, advocacy and government relations work on issues including social procurement, income support, financial consumer protection, employment training and workforce development. Born and raised in Calgary, Kelly has had a keen interest in politics and social justice from a young age. She has been involved in initiatives supporting participatory democracy, community development, Indigenous rights, and economic and social justice over the past 20 years. She holds a master of arts in political anthropology from Guadalajara, Mexico, where she studied the impact of social movements on building a democratic political culture. Kelly is a public member of the Parkland Institute board of directors.