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There is a young Fil-Am lady whom the Filipino-American community in Michigan can be proud of. She is Miss Kelly Ilagan, 24 years old. She is the new national operating officer (NNO) of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).
Kelly, who was born in Madison Heights and who grew up in Harper Woods, has the rare distinction as the youngest NNO in the history of NaFFAA.
Commenting on Kelly’s appointment as NNO, National NaFFAA Chairman Brendan Flores said, “By infusing fresh energy into our daily operations, she has helped me develop a new and exciting structure of NaFFAA. With her help and many others, we have identified amazingly talented individuals to help lead different functions throughout our organization.”
Kelly attended Grosse Pointe North High School. Her parents are Ronald and Ofelia Ilagan, both nurses. Her father is a gynecology nurse at Harper Hospital, and her mother is an LPN at Advantage Living Center. They are both from the Philippines. Ronald hails is from Batangas and Ofelia is an Ilocana. She has younger twin siblings — Ronald Jr. and Roxanne, 22 years old.
Kelly currently serves as a public affairs liaison in the office of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. In that capacity, she serves as an outreach liaison on behalf of the treasurer to Ohio’s local governments and organizations. Prior to this, Kelly acted as a constituent relations staffer/executive assistant for former Congressman Mike Rogers (R-08) in which she specialized in agriculture, education and immigration policy casework.
Additionally, she worked in various capacities for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in 2013 and was active in several campaigns in both the states of Michigan and Ohio over the past few years.
Currently, Kelly also serves as the president of the Young Republican Women of Columbus, vice president of the Philippine American Society of Central Ohio and youth director of the Filipino American Republicans of Michigan. She was recently appointed as co-executive director of NaFFAA Region 3E and coordinator of Region 4 Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project.
She has also volunteered time with the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, the Asian Pacific Advisory Council for the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition.
Her passion for the political process and community organizing resulted in being named as one of the “Asian Fortune News 50 Young Asian American Stars in Politics”.
Kelly received in December 2014 her bachelor-of-arts degree in interdisciplinary studies in international studies and political science with a minor in Mandarin Chinese and economics from Michigan State University.
As NaFFAA’s NNO, she reports directly to Brendan Flores who, at age 37, has also the rare distinction as the youngest national chairman of the national organization of Filipino Americans.