Kelly was born and raised in Colorado, lived Seattle, WA for 6 years, and now lives in Washington, DC. She grew up with a special appreciation for the environment, raised by National Park Service employees in Colorado. She has always had an interest in preserving the environment combined with scientific curiosity, which led her to chose a career in chemical engineering. Her goal has always been to use science to help make the earth a better place to live.

Kelly’s aspirations center around making science more inclusive and accessible to people through writing, outreach, and policy-making. She is particularly interested in environmental and energy policy and research. She served as a senator for the UW chemical engineering department on the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and was chair of the Science Policy Steering Committee from 2014-2015. She also volunteered at the Pacific Science Center collecting data to help design exhibits that are more engaging and informative for science center guests.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys being outdoors. Her hobbies include camping, hiking, snowboarding, kayaking, and just playing at the park. She also enjoys watching, playing, and discussing football and fantasy football.