Kelly Irish, MSW, CSWA
Director of Community Programs
Since January 2020, Kelly has served as the Director of Community Programs at The Pathfinder Network, where she oversees the agency’s Center for Family Success. She plays an integral role in ensuring TPN’s community programs are fully supported to deliver holistic, wraparound prevention and intervention services to system-impacted adults, children and families in Multnomah County. With a people centered approach and vast experience working in the fields of criminal justice and social work, she has created a culture where TPN can make a lasting impact for each person who walks through the door.
Previous to TPN, Kelly worked for 7 years as a parole and probation officer with the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, including leadership roles as a lead and a manager. Kelly also served on the Diversity Equity Steering Committee (DESC) and was a trainer and a member on the Peer Trauma Support Team (PTST).
Kelly possesses a masters of social work (MSW) a Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) certificate, and is currently working towards her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification.
Kelly also worked as the Director of the Celebrate Recovery Program in Eugene, OR, where she managed an all-volunteer staff, taught weekly group lessons on overcoming addictive behaviors, managed a 24-hour crisis line, and provided crisis intervention for 5 years. Her other experience includes working as an African American Rites of Passage Life Skills Instructor with Lane Community College. Kelly also was an intern with Catholic Charities Pregnancy Support & Open Adoption program in Portland, OR, and at the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Hillsboro, OR.
During her time at TPN, Kelly began a partnership with the Federal Halfway House management and probationers. Their clients are now attending classes at the center and receiving advocacy/mentorship at our Center for Family Success.
When asked about her motivation for her work at TPN, Kelly said, “I am excited about working with a group of professionals who are committed to social justice and helping those in need. Daily I get to watch and work with my team as they walk along-side our clients, assisting them in enhancing their well-being and quality of life by teaching them the tools to do so. I am passionate about the work we do, because I believe in each client who walks into our Center.”
Kelly enjoys spending time with her two daughters and four grandchildren. She loves the outdoors, hiking, swimming, and traveling.