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Kelly is the Policy Director for the Zero Emission Transportation Association. Prior to this role she was an energy and transportation research and policy analyst at the University of California, Davis in the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. Kelly served as a 2016-2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy. Trained as a chemical engineer, she is committed to responsible innovation in energy and transportation. She is dedicated to changing the scientific institution to promote inclusivity and collaboration through STEM advocacy, education, outreach, and communication.

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Professional Experience​

Policy Director

Zero Emission Transportation Association

February 2021-present

Support and Engage with members and stakeholders to support federal policies that will meet 100% zero emission transportation in the US by 2030.

Transportation and Policy Analyst

University of California, Davis

Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

September 2018-February 2021

Provide policy analysis related to sustainable transportation, mobility, and clean energy for policymakers, organizations, and non-profits. Analyze research, especially from the University of California, and its impact on policy decisions through policy briefs and recommendations.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow

United States Department of Energy


September 2016-August 2017

Office of Science

Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, International Program 

Serve as advisor for the office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs in the International Programs office. Assist in preparation of briefings for DOE leadership, leadership in the White House, and Congress. Facilitate science and technology agreements between DOE and foreign counterparts, international inter-laboratory agreements, and government to government agreements. Correspond between laboratories or technical offices and foreign agencies.

September 2017-Present

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Vehicle Technologies Office, Analysis Program           

 Assist in project management for a diverse portfolio in vehicle technologies, with emphasis on electric vehicles and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, advanced fuel, lightweighting materials, and battery technology. Provide guidance and technical support, including peer-reviewed and laboratory reports, to seven national laboratories to research energy and emissions impacts of innovative vehicle technologies. Collaborate with vehicle manufacturers, transportation network companies, and federal, state, and local transportation relevant agencies, including the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency.


500 Women Scientists

Leadership Board- Policy Wolfpack

January 2021-present

National Board of Directors, Partnerships Coordinator 

November 2016-September 2018                                             

Serve as a member of the national board of directors, and co-leader of the partnerships team, for a start-up non-profit with the mission to make science more inclusive and accessible. The organization has over 100 local chapters and 5,000 active members. Initiatives and projects include fundraising for Puerto-Rico hurricane relief, assembling an editorial board for members who write op-eds and other science communication pieces, and harassment bystander training.


University of Washington

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, October 2015

M.S. Chemical Engineering, August 2013

Colorado School of Mines

B.S. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, May 2010

Research Experience

Doctoral Research

University of Washington, January 2011-2015

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jim Pfaendtner

Thesis Title: New Solution to an Old Problem: Exploring Properties of Chemical Reactions in Condensed Phases Using Molecular Simulation

 Publications and Presentations available here or at the link above.

Research Intern

National Renewable Energy Lab, May 2009 – August 2010 

Assisted in the design and development of an experiment to study the kinetics of biomass fueled solid oxide fuel cells.

Versa Power Systems , May 2008 – August 2008 

Funded by a DARPA project to study solid oxide electrolysis cells to assist in the development of a large-scale system to be used in a long-term flight airplane.

Undergraduate Research

Colorado Fuel Cell Center: Colorado School of Mines - August 2008 – May 2009 

Studied solid oxide fuel cells operating on fossil or biomass fuels.

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