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Expertise: Public lands, energy and environmental policy

Kate Kelly is the director of Public Lands at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Kelly served as senior adviser to then-Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. In this role, Kelly oversaw the communications and outreach strategy for major conservation, energy, and climate initiatives, including the Obama administration’s Sage Grouse Initiative—the largest landscape-level conservation effort in U.S. history; the launch of the federal coal program review; and policies to strengthen the outdoor economy.

At the U.S. Department of the Interior, Kelly also served as communications director on behalf of Secretary Jewell and former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, where she worked on a wide variety of issues, including the department’s groundbreaking work to permit renewable energy projects on public lands and oceans and to tell a more inclusive story of America through national parks and monuments.

Prior to her time in the Obama administration, Kelly worked in the U.S. Senate as press secretary for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA). Kelly received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and hails from Colorado.

By Kate Kelly
The Trump Administration Is Stifling Renewable Energy on Public Lands and WatersCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2020
The COVID-19 Response in Indian CountryCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2020
How Congress Can Help Energy States Weather the Oil Bust During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2020
A Vast Liquidation of Public Lands Is Underway in AlaskaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2019
Backroom DealsCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2019
Interior Department Is Cutting Corners and Ignoring Science in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2019
Interior Department for SaleCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2018
6 Ways Interior Secretary Zinke Failed American Public Lands and Taxpayers in 2017Center for American ProgressDecember 26, 2017
6 Things President Trump Got Wrong When Decimating America’s National MonumentsCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke’s Contradictory Pardon ProcessCenter for American ProgressAugust 21, 2017
Social License to DrillCenter for American ProgressJuly 26, 2017
Act Now: America’s National Parks and Monuments Are at RiskCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2017
Shortsighted energy gimmicks blot Trump’s budgetThe HillMay 25, 2017
Secretary Zinke’s Dog and Pony ShowMediumMay 5, 2017