Musician/activist Kelli Coleman gives back

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
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Name and age: Kelli Coleman, 30

Occupation: Retail manager

: Whole Foods Market

A music scholarship to the University of North Texas brought Kelli, who is originally from West Virginia, to the Metroplex about a decade ago, and she never left. After coming out at 18, she has been active in the LGBT community. She has partnered with the Resource Center through the Lone Star Ride, with the Cathedral of Hope through her participation in music, and recently she  has been involved with women’s empowerment work through Alaffia Empowerment and Entrepreneurs du Monde.

She returned recently from Togo, Africa, where she travelled with the Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program and worked with a village on an elementary school building project and participated in education work for maternal health and micro lending outreach throughout the country.

What do I hear?

Kelli plays for local musicians such as Anton Shaw and the Calamity Janes, in addition to being a dedicated athlete and runner, completing several ultra distance marathons this year. She hopes to continue empowerment work abroad and dive deeper into the world of alleviating poverty through micro-finance. She also aims to finish her first 100-mile run before the year is over.

Kelli is in a loving relationship with a fellow runner and believes you need to always radiate positivity.