Kelly was previously a research and policy analyst at the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at UC Davis. Prior to that, Kelly received the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship where she served at the Department of Energy. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Washington and B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines, all in Chemical Engineering. Growing up in Colorado, Kelly's hobbies consist mostly of outdoor sports including backpacking, snowboarding, paddleboarding, and hiking. She is particularly fond of our National Parks and other public lands.