Hi, I'm Felicia Kalan and I'm running for City Council in District 22 as a Republican and an independent voice. Together, with my husband Andy, we are raising our two children, Zaden, (age 5) and Zaria (age 4)- my kids keep me invested and active in our community. I want to continue making a positive impact in our neighborhoods by caring for my neighbors through public service and fighting for their best interests at City Hall.
In college, I studied Political Science and International Studies at the University of Evansville with a semester abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. My experience in Egypt was impactful because not only did I gain a global perspective, I met my husband Andy there while he was teaching English in Jordan.
I have dedicated my life and career to serving and empowering others.
After College, I decided to serve in government as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Board of Regents under Former Governor John Kasich.
My passion to help others didn't stop there.
I left the government sector and became a social entrepreneur and started several companies and passion projects, including UNCHAINED, a national anti-human trafficking organization that empowered survivors of human trafficking with scholarships in partnership with THE LIMITED, and co-founded Novel Garments, an ethical, fair trade clothing line. I’m also the former Vice President of COhatch, a co-working, private-office and social-enterprise that uses community spaces to revitalize communities and incubates start-ups.
I came from a struggling single-mother household and have a deep passion for ending cyclical poverty through education and empowerment, and fighting for underprivileged children and families. I'm also the Chairwoman of the Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Safety (ICPS), a coalition of New Yorkers committed to public safety and building bridges between our communities and law enforcement, and peace among our neighbors. When I am not working, I am serving alongside my husband at the Bridge Community Church in the Queensbridge community of Long Island City, and raising my kids in Astoria, Queens.