As Hydropower Reform Program Director, Kelly leads American Rivers’ work on reforming laws and policies around hydropower to improve the health of rivers nationwide. Kelly works closely with the government relations department to analyze and respond to hydropower-related legislation, and she serves on the steering committee of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. In addition, Kelly provides advice and strategic guidance to American Rivers staff and other stakeholders working on hydropower relicensing in the field. Building knowledge and expertise to help others use the relicensing process to protect the rivers they love is one of her favorite parts of the job.
Kelly joined American Rivers in 2016 as the Associate Western States Director for the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC). Prior to working for the HRC, Kelly was the Government Relations Consultant to the California Hydropower Reform Coalition, and she spent nearly a decade as the Hydropower Reform Policy Advocate for Friends of the River where she is proud to have campaigned for Klamath dam removal alongside the tribes of the Klamath Basin.
Education: B.A.in Political Science from the University of California, Davis
J.D. from California Western School of Law
Favorite River: Klamath River