Featured Member - Kelda Roys
Kelda has been a member of LAW since her law school days nearly 15 years ago. An attorney and entrepreneur, Kelda is the CEO & Founder of OpenHomes (www.openhomesrealty.com), a venture-backed tech startup and virtual real estate brokerage that is automating the process of buying and selling homes.
Prior to founding OpenHomes, Kelda held elective office as State Representative in the Wisconsin Assembly, where she served as Democratic Caucus Chair and Vice-Chair on the Committee on Health & Healthcare Reform. She traveled to Japan and Pakistan as a delegate from the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and won numerous awards for leadership on issues ranging from health care to child safety. Kelda was a key leader during the 2011 massive protests against Act 10. While in the legislature, she was Of Counsel at Wheeler, Van Sickle & Anderson, handling client matters in real estate, contracts, small business, and estate planning.
At age 32, after serving two terms in the legislature, she ran for an open seat for US Congress in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District, one of the youngest women to have done so in US history. Although she lost that race, she raised over $500,000 from over 3,400 individual donors, eschewing all corporate money.
Advocating for women has been a continual part of Kelda's life. Kelda spent 4 years as Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While a law student, she worked on the Wisconsin Innocence Project, for both Steven Avery and Audrey Edmunds, and she won the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. She has volunteered with the Public Interest Law Foundation, the State Bar's Legal Assistance Committee, and Wills for Heroes. Kelda graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a BA in Drama, Politics, and Cultural Studies.
Kelda has been active in many community organizations, including TEMPO Madison Board of Directors, Common Cause, the ACLU, and Citizen Action. She lives on Madison's near west side with her partner Dan, their 2 year old daughter Arcadia, and Dan's two older daughters.