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 currently attending P.S. 85 Judge Charles Vallone, 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 currently work as the Founder of Elevate Her Consulting, a freelancing collective that supports moms in finding remote work with a mission to end the gender-based wage gap. 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. 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.