President of Conservation
Kelley is responsible for the Plas Newydd Conservation Program including managing the development of the Wapato Valley Mitigation and Conservation Bank. Kelley has been on staff since November 2013. Kelley has over 27 years of experience in the public and private sectors as a technical practitioner, and manager of people, programs, and projects in the fields of applied ecology, field biology, watershed ecology, aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration, mitigation assessment and impact assessment, federal, state and local environmental permitting and regulatory compliance. The Columbia River basin has been her focus for over the last 20 years, working on numerous ecosystem mitigation and restoration projects from project development to implementation, and from the headwaters to the ocean, since 1998. From 2000 to 2017, Kelley reviewed and participated in selection for funding from dozens of aquatic habitat restoration proposals each year as a member of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board’s Technical Advisory Committee. From 2007 to 2017, Kelley was a member of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s interdisciplinary Technical Review Panel, which is responsible for vetting technically robust projects for hundreds of millions of dollars of federal and state salmon recovery funds; Kelley was chair of this panel from 2012 to 2014. Kelley also served as a volunteer Board of Director and Officer for River Restoration Northwest from 2007 to 2015, which is a non-profit organization responsible for putting on an annual Stream Restoration Symposium that brings together an average of 400 interdisciplinary river restoration professionals to share lessons learned. Kelley is a graduate of The Evergreen State College (go geoducks!), way back in 1993, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pacific Northwest Natural History/Ecology. Kelley enjoys tending a small farm and many farm pets with her husband Robert and two daughters, Elsie and Violet; gardening; growing, raising, and cooking good local food; spending time in wild places with her family; long walks; bike rides with her kids; and on rare occasions when she can find the time, getting lost in a good book.