Kelly Kozlowski, 29

Kelly KozlowskiKelly Kozlowski graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and is currently working toward a master's degree in public administration at OU. With years of experience as a journalist for multiple online and print publications - including the Detroit Free Press - Kozlowski transitioned her skills into economic development in 2008. She served as a collaborative manager at the OU INCubator, where she earned an Adams Entrepreneurial Fellowship. She began her career at Automation Alley as a business accelerator client coordinator, eventually taking on additional responsibilities as communications officer before being promoted to her current position as director of public affairs. Kozlowski also teaches a news writing course in the Oakland University journalism department, where she has served as an instructor for two years.
Current Position
As director of public affairs for Automation Alley, Kozlowski is responsible for forging strong relationships and partnerships with elected officials, businesses, foundations, economic development organizations, the press and government at all levels. She works directly with senior leadership at Automation Alley to develop and implement organizational strategy. Kozlowski is also responsible for brand management and leadership of Automation Alley's public affairs team, which promotes and markets the activities and services of the organization through print and online publications, digital media and media relations. She serves as staff liaison for Automation Alley's Government Affairs Committee and Finance Committee.
Charity/Community/Board Involvement
As board president for three years, Kelly is responsible for overseeing Oakland University's independent student newspaper and providing professional guidance to aspiring college journalists.
Kelly assisted in the launch of "Giving Orphans Hope" a foster care/adoption awareness-focused nonprofit and created a website and marketing materials for the organization.
She also volunteers as a journalism and public relations mentor to one of Michigan's largest FIRST robotics teams, teaching journalism, publishing, marketing and presentation skills to high school students.  Kelly Coordinated the development of a college tuition scholarship program to benefit students in STEM areas of study.
Oakland County Involvement
Demonstrating the value and versatility of a journalism education through her professional career and economic development successes, Kelly provides a unique example to students in the Oakland University journalism program. As an instructor in the program, she strives to make journalism skills relevant for a variety of career paths in an effort to create a better workforce for Oakland County.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.

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