Paul Kelash, a vice president in Weber Shandwick’s Minneapolis office, has been named chair of the board of directors for People Serving People Charities, the largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota.
Kelash has served on the non-profit organization’s board for five years. He brings to the role 20 years of communications, marketing, journalism and public relations experience. At Weber Shandwick, he oversees account work for asset management, banking, insurance and capital markets clients. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Kelash held a senior communications post at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a Fortune 500 organization. Before joining Thrivent, Paul worked as a consultant to American Express Retirement Services, Fiserv and U.S. Bancorp. Prior to that, he was a principal/communications strategist for San Francisco-based Barclays Global Investors (now part of BlackRock). Paul started his career as a reporter for American Banker-Bond Buyer.
“I’m honored to be elected board chair for People Serving People Charities,” Kelash said. “The organization makes a tremendous difference for homeless children and their families. People Serving People not only helps address housing and employment issues, but also educational, emotional and life enrichment needs of people in crisis. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and People Serving People’s leadership team to support important strategic initiatives for the coming year.”