Devra Keenan has lived in Montgomery for 21 years and is running for a seat on the Montgomery Township Committee. Devra made her professional mark in the corporate world by helping people – and businesses – achieve their goals and accomplishments, as well as maximizing value for the organizations she has been entrusted to oversee. Prior to founding High Impact Advisors, a workforce innovation and coaching firm, she was a Corporate Vice-President, overseeing Talent Acquisition and Recruiting Operations for the esteemed New York Life company.
Devra wants to bring her unique background, and the strategic, results-focused, solution-driven frameworks she honed in the business world to the place where Devra and her family have called home for the past 21 years: Montgomery Township. A recent addition to the Economic Development Commission, she is committed to challenging the current approach to development and the reliance on retail based growth by shifting the focus to smart sustainable redevelopment centered around serving the needs of Montgomery’s residents today and tomorrow.
Devra grew up in a politically active family. Her mother was the first woman elected to the Planning and Zoning Board in Andover, Connecticut. From a young age Devra was always involved in campaigns. Whether is was stuffing bags with candidate information, licking envelopes, canvasing door- to-door, or painting lawn signs, Devra was working hard to effect socio-political change even from a young age.
Devra is a graduate of Brandeis University where she received a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Anthropology. She holds various certifications in Human Resources, Coaching, Innovation and Design Thinking. She lives with her husband Sergey, son Maxim and dog Cooper in Skillman.
When it comes to her candidacy for Township Committee, Devra is a forward-thinking leader committed to bringing transparency, vision and inclusive values to the Township Committee and the community. Devra believes in politics you can trust and looks forward to serving the citizens of Montgomery Township.