“Kelly Fryer is a CEO, community activist, former minister and educator.
Previously, Kelly was Executive Director of Arizona List, an organization that works to elect women to local and state office and National Communications Director for Interfaith Worker Justice. But she got her professional start as an ordained minister within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she became known for her work in “turn around” ministry – helping struggling congregations grow by making a positive difference in their communities.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a focus on economics and political science, and a Master of Divinity, Kelly served as senior pastor of two growing congregations, wrote more than a dozen books and articles, and was Assistant Professor of Congregational Leadership at Luther Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. She earned a second Master degree in Theology and was just short of a PhD when, in 2006, she resigned from the ministry due to church policy prohibiting gay and lesbian pastors. That policy has since been overturned.
Kelly continued her service as CEO of A Renewal Enterprise (ARE), a consulting company that she founded in 2004. Together with two business partners, she offered strategic visioning and leadership development to faith-based and values-driven organizations across the U.S. and Canada. She continues to write, speak and teach within the church, urging members to embody and act in accordance with their principles.
Kelly and her wife, Tana, met in 1997. They registered as domestic partners in 2006 and married in 2015 after a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court created marriage equality. They moved to Arizona the first time in 2010, drawn by good weather, a history of progressive pragmatism and the opportunity to make a difference. They left for brief time but, like so many Arizonans, came back to stay.
From 2012-2017, in addition to her work at YWCA, Kelly served as COO of Blu A Wine and Cheese Stop in Tucson, Arizona, which she and Tana co-owned.
They have three grown children and a 3-year old granddaughter. They split their time between Tucson and their home in Bisbee, Arizona.
She is running for Governor of Arizona to amplify the voices of the people of Arizona and to make sure ALL the issues we care about are on the table.”
Carolyn’s note: There is now a 3-way Dem primary for Governor with Fryer, LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley, and ASU Professor David Garcia who ran for State Superintendent of Public Education in Nov. 2014. The primary is on August 28, 2018, and the winner with face off with Republican Governor Doug Ducey.