Matt Kelley receives Community Service Award


Matt Kelley, Community Service Award

Wellesley Public Schools have a vital mission: to ensure that all of our children have every opportunity to pursue the American Dream, to acquire the skills necessary for them to make their own choices. Each member of the city’s school committee is dedicated to this mission.

Matt Kelley has served admirably on the school committee. It takes long hours and many meetings. But our schools should always be the crown jewels of the city.

Today, the Wellesley Celebrations Committee honors Matt Kelley for his service with our Community Service Award.

Matt is originally from the Midwest but came to the Boston area for school in 1984 and never left. After graduating from MIT while working for BBN Communications in Cambridge. Matt joined Rocket Software in 1990, then a start-up software company with three employees. Matt and his wife, Laurie, moved to Wellesley in 2004, where they raised their four children, at various times having children in six Wellesley public schools.

After nearly 25 years of hard work and the success of Rocket Beyond Dreams, he retired from the software, ready for other pursuits in life. Partly out of a desire to give back to the community and in part to be a role model of civic engagement and hard work for his children, Matt ran for school committee election in 2014, and to his surprise, won a seat. His six years of service on the school committee, including two years as president, has required incredibly hard work, but has also been incredibly rewarding. He is grateful that he had the opportunity.

Thank you, Matt Kelley for your dedication and service.

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