Carolyn Kelly, former president and COO of The Seattle Times, has been elected to AAA Washington’s Board of Trustees. AAA Washington provides more than one million members in Washington and northern Idaho with preeminent emergency roadside assistance, leisure travel services and personal-lines insurance products.

Kelly joined The Seattle Times in 1977 as a financial analyst and moved her way up the ranks from marketing/new business director, to vice president and CFO, to senior vice president and general manager, and retired as president and COO in 2010. An active community advocate, Kelly currently serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, the Seattle University Albers School of Business, the Women’s Funding Alliance, and the Seattle Girl’s School.

“Ms. Kelly is well respected in the community and her experience in finance and strategic planning will be an asset to our Board,” said Board Chairman, Steve Matsko.

Kelly’s service and leadership awards include being honored as one of the Seattle Storm’s “Women of Inspiration;” receiving the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award; and being recognized with a Gonzaga University Distinguished Alumni Award. Kelly grew up in Walla Walla, received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and her MBA from Seattle University.

AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904.  The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its 1,055,000 members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public. Additional information is available through the company’s offices in Washington and northern Idaho, at, or by calling 1-800-562-2582.

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