Kelly has been involved in government relations for over 30 years in Washington, DC, focusing on energy and environmental matters. Her broad experience in energy legislative and regulatory matters includes strategy formulation, policy and issue advice, and outreach to key policymakers in Washington. She has a proven track record of impacting policy on global climate change, environment and energy issues. In the last three decades, she has represented large public power trade associations, nonprofit organizations and energy companies before Congress and the executive branch.
A native Texan, Kelly began her career working as a congressional aid on energy policy for Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee in the House of Representatives. Her public sector experience also includes serving for four years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Energy (DOE) under the administration of George W. Bush. During her service at DOE, Kelly
was responsible for working with the White House and Capitol Hill on passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Kelly’s private sector experience spanned two decades serving in mid and senior level government relations positions at three Fortune 500 companies, including Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Kelly served as the Founder and CEO of KSL Consulting, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC specializing in energy and environmental issues before the federal government and as an Executive Vice President for Elevate Government Affairs providing regulatory and legislative advice, and assisting clients with outreach to Congress, the White House and the Federal Agencies.
Kelly is a founding board member of the Women’s Energy Resource Council (WERC). She has served as vice president of the board since the organization's inception in 2011. She also serves as a board member to Center Forward, a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that brings policymakers, business and thought leaders, and administration officials from all sides of the political spectrum together to engage in honest and thoughtful dialogue about the most significant challenges facing our nation.
Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. She currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, three sons, and two pesky dogs.
Fun Fact: Kelly’s work in politics has allowed her the opportunity to meet every US sitting president of the last 30 years!