Kelly holds a bachelors of arts degree in economics and environmental studies from St. Olaf College. While in Copenhagen, Denmark, she studied environmental science of the Arctic and climate change. She has also led the implementation of a greenhouse project for climate change adaptation in rural Peru. Her experiences in the United States and overseas motivated her to build a career at the crossroad of people and nature. As a researcher with IonE’s NatCap team, she supports projects on forest landscape restoration, mapping and modeling the benefits of restoring degraded lands. She enjoys hikes to waterfalls, especially to the ones where she can practice rappelling.