Kelly Porter was born in Washington, DC and moved to New York at a young age, where he attended the New York Public School System and graduated from State University New York, Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While attending college, Mr. Porter worked and directed his own radio program within the Afro-Latin Department of WHRW-FM radio. Mr. Porter returned to the Washington Metropolitan Area to pursue a career related to his field of studies, during which time he performed with the District of Columbia Black Repertory Theatre for several years. He took on positions with IBM, Panasonic /Sharp, and Retail Sales and Management. Mr. Porter is the Owner of a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Franchise with locations in Washington, DC and Maryland. In addition to owning his own business, he is currently employed with Giant Food Stores.
Mr. Porter is a licensed Real Estate Consultant in Maryland. He was elected to the City Council of Seat Pleasant in 1996 as Councilmember of Ward IV and elected as Councilmember-At-Large in September 2000, which is a seat he currently holds. Mr. Porter has resided in Seat Pleasant for over 20 years. His concern has always been for Seat Pleasant's heightened positive awareness and prosperity within the State and the surrounding Metropolitan area. He advocates the policy of TEAM work (Together Each Achieves More). Mr. Porter has been affiliated with Local and National organizations since 1996, such as National League of Cities; National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; Sheriff Explorers Program; Economic Development/Advisory and Steering Committees (NLC); Maryland Board of Realtors; Legislative, Economic, Communication and State Board Committee, Maryland Municipal League (MML); Former Member of Prince Georges Chamber of Commerce; Local Government Advisory Committee for Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Appointment); Local 400 Union Sharp Steward; Board Member of Leadership Training Institute (NLC); and a member of the Tri-Area Civic Association. Mr. Porter has notable sponsors and co-sponsors Achievements such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Certificate of Leadership Institute (NLC), and University of Maryland Academy of Excellence - Fellow (MML).