Kelly DeareyExecutive Vice President

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Hometown: Bremerton, WA

School: University of Washington

Industry: Marketing

Why YPOS? When Ahmad and I first started YPOS in 2010, there were no other organizations that were open to everyone. At the time all the other YP groups had a focus around a specific industry, alma mater, ethnicity, or were a subgroup of a larger organization. We created YPOS to be a community that brings together young people from all industries and backgrounds. Clearly it was a need that wasn’t being met and, as we’ve seen through our member numbers, Seattle has responded positively.

What do you do to relax?

I love baking- cooking in general. My best friend has told me I get this look on my face like I’m in my happy place.

What was the last experience that made you a better person?

How about my first? My aunt took me to a homeless shelter she volunteered at in Portland when I was 13 and that experience totally rocked my world. I’ve been passionate about philanthropy ever since.

What was your first job?

When I was little I got paid $200 to walk in a local parade wearing a giant box advertising the 90’s version of Groupon.

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