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Keisha Bell was born in Saint Petersburg and has continued to spend much of her life in the city she calls home. She is the daughter of public school educators, and early on they instilled in her the importance of an education. Keisha graduated from Dixie Hollins High School; the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology; and from Florida State University College of Law. Keisha is a licensed attorney with a diverse professional background in family, personal injury, and workers compensation law. Through her work she has been able to provide legal services to those most under-represented.
Once Keisha graduated law school, she knew her passion was to provide legal representation for individuals who could not afford the hefty cost of private counsel. She moved to Jacksonville to practice at a Legal Aid organization providing such services. Keisha delivered an impactful training presentation at a conference, which led to her receiving an offer to lead a Family Law Project covering DeSoto, Hendry, Glades, and Lee Counties through a Fort Myers-based Legal Services organization.
However, Keisha found herself at crossroads after having seen firsthand the devastating impact of Hurricane Charley on the State and on the region’s poorest, most marginalized communities. Keisha contemplated if her life’s work was truly making a difference.
Knowing there was more to be done, Keisha then returned to Saint Petersburg, inspired to spearhead the Youth Conference Program, through which she facilitated over 100 conferences throughout public schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Keisha cultivated the values instilled in her from a young age to serve.
After years of accomplishments in non-profit work, inclusive of managing a Federal Community Partnership Grant to assist with reducing health disparities of diabetes and childhood obesity in Saint Petersburg, Keisha returned to practicing law full-time. Since then, she has worked for the State’s Office of Attorney General, in addition to serving as private counsel. Even after moving on from Legal Services, Keisha has routinely provided pro bono services yearly.
Currently, Keisha is a member of the Saint Petersburg Chamber; the Community Planning and Preservation Commission; the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Pinellas County Chapter; the Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association; a member of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum; and formerly on the Executive Committee and Governance Committee of the Foundation for a Healthy Saint Petersburg’s Board of Trustees. In addition to her wide community involvement, Keisha continues to mentor a student through Pinellas County Schools.
Keisha firmly believes the constituents of District 70 deserve a Representative who will not be complacent. Her whole career she has asked herself: “What more can be done” and has gotten off the sidelines to do it. She will fight for access to affordable healthcare, funding for our public schools, and a livable wage. She knows that the dysfunction in Tallahassee has got to stop. She will be your voice.