I I’m running for Cincinnati City Council to help create the change that we need to see in our local government. In 2000, Cincinnati was listed as the country’s most livable city. I am passionate about helping our city to regain that reputation. In order to create the changes that we want, and again need, to see we need voices who understand the needs of the community. I am running to be a voice for vulnerable, excluded and marginalized communities, in order to help bridge the gap and improve the quality of life for All Citizens in Cincinnati.

Ph.D. Candidate Union Institute &University Master of Occupational Therapy. Twenty two years of experience in customer service/patient care. Extensive and diversified clinical, political/civic, service experience. Proven track record of effectively working with the public.


2016 Democratic National Convention Platform Committee
2016 Executive Committee of Cincinnati Branch NAACP
2015 Member of African American Chamber of Commerce
2014 Who’s Who of America’s Top Women Entrepreneur
2014 McKleen and Gleason’s Women of Excellence
2006 New York State Occupational Therapy Association
2000 Cincinnati State Alumni Association
Affiliation: Board of Directors
1999 – American Occupational Therapy Association
Affiliation: Member
1999 – Ohio Occupational Therapy Association
Affiliation: Member
1997 Cincinnati Herald nominated as one of Cincinnati’s Most Powerful and Influential African Americans

Kelli Prather was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, and lived in Millvale which is within the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. Her family was no stranger to the struggle of raising a family of 13 children with little money.Kelli’s parents were excellent role models who taught her to remain tenacious during times of adversity. Although, her family was not rich financially, they were rich in spirit and love. Kelli began working early; she has been employed for 31 years. Kelli developed a strong work ethic early in life. Kelli started working when she was 14 years old and every summer thereafter, she obtained employment through the Citizen’s Committee on Youth. After graduating from Withrow High School, Kelli attended Cincinnati Technical College from 1993 to 1997.After she obtained two associates degress and being on the waiting list for the Occupational Therapy Assisting Program for three years, she continued her education at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College from 1997 to 1999. Upon graduation, Kelli enrolled in The University of Findlay from 1999 to 2003.and the University of Indianapolis until 2005. Ms. Prather is currently a student at the Union Institute & University pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy and Social Change. After becoming a licensed Occupational Therapy, Kelli moved to New York City and began working as an Occupational Therapist.
She worked as an independent contractor in multiple settings including the New York City Department of Education (school setting): nursing homes: assisted living facilities and home health. While living in NYC, Kelli spent her free time volunteering with underserved populations in shelters for homeless citizens and battered women. This volunteer work compelled Kelli to become an advocate for social change with the goal of creating legislation to bring awareness and to help obtain resources for organizations that provide services for these populations.. Before transitioning back to Cincinnati full-time, Kelli worked with the New York State’s Attorney General’s Office to detect and report Medicare Fraud on behalf of the people she cared for as an Occupational Therapist. Eagar to be the voice of the people and with a new sense of civic duty and social consciousness, Kelli returned to Cincinnati. She entered the political arena to support vulnerable and marginalized communities that were oppressed, excluded and disregarded.
Ms. Prather served on the 2016 Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee as a Sanders Delegate. Ms. Prather is extremely passionate about improving the quality of life for returning citizens and strengthening community reentry programs. Kelli proudly served as a Ohio Justice and Policy Center Delegate for the 1st National Convention of the Formerly Incarcerate Convicted People and Family Members Movement. It is clear to see Kelli cares for her community as she has spent more than 25 years advocating for her community. Kelli Prather is currently a candidate for Cincinnati City Council wants to be your next City Councilwoman. As your city Councilwoman, Ms. Prather will use her experience and passion within the political arena and continue to help all citizens of Cincinnati to live the best life possible.


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