In September 2022, Kelly began her legal studies at the University of Chicago Law School as part of the Class of 2025. She serves on The Law School’s Pro Bono Board and is also a 1L Representative of the American Constitution Society. Additionally, she is a member of the Latinx Law Students Association, Law Women’s Caucus, Environmental Law Society, Human Rights Law Society, and International Law Society.
Most recently, from September 2021 to August 2022, she served as a consultant for The END Fund—a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to ending neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—to support their policy efforts. Prior, she was a Senior Associate at Global Water 2020, a three-year Washington, D.C.-based advocacy and facilitation initiative working to solve critical challenges in the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. She worked across the organization’s portfolio, leading efforts to integrate WASH and health investments, policies and programs, as well as advocate for water security for conflict prevention, stability and resilience. Before joining Global Water 2020, she worked in various capacities with the Environmental Law Institute, Catholic Relief Services, Global Water Alliance, World Wildlife Fund, Samaj Pragati Sahayog, and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.
In February 2020, she began a 3-year tenure as the Young Professional Representative Director on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, a professional association of over 400 members across 60 countries; and, in February 2021, she joined the Board of Directors of the Global Water Alliance. She is also a Climate Reality Leader with Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, having been trained by Mr. Gore himself in Mexico City in March 2018.
In 2016, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar with a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society, concentrating in Energy, Environment and Technology. Following her studies at the University of Pennsylvania, she pursued her M.Sc. in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford.