LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Rotary Club of Lexington announced Thursday’s guest speaker will be Ambassador Kelly Craft. Craft was nominated by President Trump to the position of Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations on Feb. 22, 2019.
Craft will join Rotary for their weekly meeting Thursday at noon. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Rotary Club of Lexington shifted to virtual meetings in lieu of the club’s regular lunch gathering which are held on Thursdays at The Red Mile. Thanks to technology and dedicated club members, this opportunity allows Rotarians and the community to attend from the comfort and safety of their homes and will continue to occur until restrictions are lifted and regular operations can resume.
Craft served as the U.S. ambassador to Canada from October 2017 until assumption of her USUN role in 2019. During her time as ambassador, she worked through the complex revisiting of the NAFTA treaty, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA.
Craft is a leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has made community service and improving education the cornerstone of her career.
As a third-generation Kentuckian, Craft served her community by assuming several leadership roles with the Salvation Army of Lexington and the Center for Rural Development, a non-profit dedicated to the economic development of rural Kentucky. She also served in similar roles in the cultural leadership of her state, working with the Kentucky Arts Council and the United Way of the Bluegrass.
With a deep commitment to education, Craft has served on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees and co-founded the Morehead State University Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.
In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Craft as an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.
In the private sector, Craft founded a successful marketing and business advisory firm providing leadership advice to businesses across the country.
Craft is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds an honorary doctorate from Morehead State University. She and her husband, Joe Craft, who is also native Kentuckian, share six children and eleven grandchildren.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Lexington, please visit www.rotarylexky.org.