Kissy has served as a change agent and leader throughout her career. She is currently a domestic violence advocate at a local nonprofit organization, and serves on the Multi-Cultural Committee for the City of Hopkins. Kissy also serves on the Homelessness Committee for the City of Minnetonka. After working on the ground in a number of initiatives, Kissy discovered a unique ability to get to the heart of issues, stimulate good conversations, and move change forward in a positive direction. She is a passionate believer in the potential of Minnetonka to navigate its challenges and thrive.
Kissy is married to Corinthian Coakley, a local mail carrier (say hi if you see him on his route!) and has two adult children who graduated from Minnetonka High School. Her youngest child is currently attending Clear Spring Elementary. She and her family have lived in their home in Ward 4 of the City of Minnetonka since 2008.
Kissy graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice. She has consistently advocated for positive reforms to the criminal justice system that rehabilitate people to productive lives vs. keep them trapped in a costly cycle of perpetual punishment and incarceration.
Kissy has worked on this issue through involvement with the Second Chance Coalition, and as a leader in TakeAction MN’s Justice 4 All Campaign, where she helped champion a national movement that worked with Target Corporation to change hiring policies and make criminal background checks more fair. Kissy has also worked on legislation in the state of Minnesota for several criminal justice reform initiatives.