NSPRA Executive Board Biography

Kelly Avants, APR

Kelly Avants, APR, is the Chief Communication Officer for Clovis Unified School District, a high performing suburban school district of 42,000 students in Central California. A 20-year veteran of school public relations, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts in political science from CSU Fresno. She has served as NSPRA Southwest Region Vice President and is a past President of the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA) and a six-year member of the organization’s Executive Board. Kelly frequently presents at workshops and seminars for school public relations professionals, school leaders and students at CSU Fresno along with mentoring young professionals. Under her leadership, Clovis Unified’s Communication Office has been recognized with multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America, NSPRA, CalSPRA and the California School Boards Association for excellence in public relations and communications. A volunteer Advisory Committee member for The Salvation Army’s Clovis Corp between 2008-2015 she also served on the PIO Committee for the Fresno Salvation Army Region, city planning and economic development commissions, as a member of the City of Clovis Tourism Advisory Committee, and on parent booster organizations at her children’s schools. Kelly, her husband of 25 years, Mike, and their sons Rhys and Ian, are active members of Fresno’s New Covenant Community Church.