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Ithaca, NY  14850
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Tompkins County Legislator


Anna R. Kelles(D)

District 2, City of Ithaca

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Since being elected to the Tompkins County Legislature in November of 2015, Anna Kelles has begun serving on the Health and Human Services committee, the Facilities & Infrastructure committee, the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality (PDEQ) committee and the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion (WDI) committee. She also sits on the special Jail Committee.  She is the active legislative liaison on the Environmental Management Council, Recreational Partnership, and the Human Rights Commission. Dr. Kelles’s focus as a legislator is to listen, learn, and build bridges to foster collaborations between the city government, the county legislature, school boards, local universities and not-for-profit organizations.  She is committed to efforts that improve and support local labor practices, living wage standards, social justice initiatives, diverse and affordable housing, and economic development that respects the need for strong environmental protections. She is currently part of the community-based Coalition for Sustainable Economic Development and is a dedicated volunteer for the Food Justice Summit and participates annually in the Women Swimmin event across Cayuga lake to raise money for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services.

Dr. Kelles earned a dual bachelor in Biology and Environmental studies in 1997 from Binghamton University. After completing her degrees, she spent four years in Ecuador promoting sound nutritional and environmental practices, working as a high school biology teacher, guide in the Amazon, and designing a study abroad program for the Yachana foundation. In 2008, Dr. Kelles earned a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill exploring the link between urbanization/globalization and health-related behavior patterns in Cebu, Philippines. She spent the following year teaching Sports Nutrition at Ithaca College before taking the position as the Director of the School of Applied Clinical Nutrition at New York Chiropractic College. As director, Dr. Kelles developed the curriculum, assembled a faculty team, and launched an online graduate program focused on whole foods therapeutic nutrition. In line with her commitment to maintain a diverse, competitive, and highly qualified nutrition workforce Dr. Kelles managed the development of the Center for Nutrition Advocacy ( as a consultant (2012-2013).  She served as a Director for the Green Resource Hub (2012-2015), a regional nonprofit organization with the mission of supporting businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs to grow their economic, social and environmental bottom lines.  Currently she is the Examination Administration Manager and Chair of the Examination Development Council for the Board of the Certification for Nutrition Specialists (BCNS). In 2015 she also began teaching at Cornell University as a full-time lecturer in the Division of Nutritional Sciences teaching and course managing classes in Human Health and Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition with a particular personal focus on local food systems, food justice, program monitoring and evaluation, and nutritional epidemiology.  

Legislators are elected and serve for four years. Current terms run from 2018 through 2021.