A climber of trees and explorer of creeks as a kid, Kelly has long nurtured her sense of wonder in nature. After graduating from college, she joined the National Civilian Community Corps, where a summer spent working on a pair of wildlife refuges in North Dakota set her on her career path. During her 20 years at National Wildlife Federation, she created content for National Wildlife magazine, developed education programs, and strengthened partnerships with the organization’s affiliate groups. She also discovered her love for wildlife gardening (grow native plants!). Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism and African American Studies from Syracuse University. She has lived in Loudoun County with her family since 2002, and is delighted to be contributing to outreach, stewardship and citizen-science efforts that benefit the community she calls home.