- Bellingham, WA
As a wetland ecologist, Kelly understands the critical role these sensitive environments play in our modern communities—and the policies and regulations that protect them. Kelly is often in the field, performing Critical Areas Reviews and providing permitting support for our clients. With a passion for environmental science and a strong federal agency background, Kelly brings a wealth of expertise to her role on the natural resources team.
Kelly’s fascination with the natural world began during her childhood in Minnesota, where she spent summers at YMCA camps.
“My favorite things to do were sailing and riding horses,” Kelly says. “I developed a love of being outside and learning about the wilderness around me at a very young age.”
These experiences gave Kelly a deep love for the outdoors and a curiosity about the wilderness around her. Combining her interest in outdoor recreation with her passion for science and ecology, Kelly pursued a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with a focus on biological and biochemical coursework.
After graduation, Kelly served as a Federal Regulatory Staff Biologist at the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Seattle District, gaining valuable experience in the field and in environmental policy. In 2023 Kelly joined GeoEngineers and brought her strong regulatory background, expertise in interagency coordination, and NEPA and Clean Water Act experience to our natural resources team. Her experience and skills allow Kelly to navigate complex regulatory landscapes effectively, ensuring both compliance and environmental stewardship for our clients.
Outside of work, Kelly’s personal interests align closely with her career. While pursuing her environmental science degree, Kelly worked part-time as an Excursion Leader for Western Washington University’s Outdoor Center. This allowed her to explore various outdoor activities such as backpacking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing/snowboarding, sea kayaking, and white-water rafting.
Kelly still takes advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s natural resources as often as her schedule allows, often escaping to the woods with her dog, Odie, in her trusty truck. At home, she enjoys singing and playing music, spending time with friends and animals, and nurturing plants both indoors and out in the yard and garden beds. To get out of town and into the county, she also co-farms with her partner Elliot on his property in the Skagit Valley.
“He and I share a mutual love of animals and together recently hatched out new additions to his Funny Farm Flock,” Kelly explains, “Khaki Campbell and Welsh Harlequin ducks to be specific!”