Doris is serving her second term in the Iowa House. She is Vice Chair of Transportation and serves on the Commerce, Education, Economic Growth, and Ways & Means committees and the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.
Doris Kelley is well-known in the Cedar Valley. Her personal and professional contributions have included a wide array of organizations, businesses and industry. She has lived in the Waterloo Cedar Falls area for 32 years, serving on numerous civic and community boards and committees.
Kelley has an extensive professional background in community economic development, marketing, and public relations. The scope of her experience encompasses leadership in downtown revitalization, corporate development, media relations, market research, and communications utility development and marketing.
As an independent consultant, Kelley works with municipal utilities and municipalities that are interested in exploring the technical and financial feasibility of owning and operating telecommunications networks.
Kelley is best known for her involvement in the research, development, unveiling, and marketing of Cedar Falls Utilities’ Communications Utility. She served as CFU’s chief spokesperson and marketing director from 1995-2000.
Kelley assisted with revitalizing Cedar Falls’ downtown by forging effective relationships with city leaders, expanding the funding base, heightening the city’s Main Street program’s credibility and significantly expanding the volunteer base. Kelley served as Director of the Cedar Falls Main Street Program from 1993-1995.
Kelley received the Governor’s Volunteer Award following her nomination by the Iowa Department of Economic Development; she is the past president of the Black Hawk Leadership Board of Directors; a past member of the Cedar Falls’ 2010 Strategic Planning Team; a past member of the Waterloo Main Street Board of Directors; a past member of the Cedar Valley United Way Board of Directors; the Cedar Valley’s Promise Marketing Committee; and the University of Northern Iowa’s Advisory Board for Leadership Studies Program. Currently, she is serving as the Chair of the Waterloo Municipal Telecommunications Board of Trustees and is a member of the Iowa Statewide Parent Information Resource Center Board of Directors. In 1995, Kelley was recognized by the City of Cedar Falls for her service to downtown development and in 2008 she was named legislator of the Year by the Iowa Bankers Association.
Doris was married to the late Ralph Kelley, a longtime employee of John Deere—retiring in 2001 as Director of Safety. Together they have one child Eric Kelley, Ph.D who is a Research Instructor for the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA.