After graduating from NC State with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Kelley started her environmental career working in the recycling industry. She became a local recycling coordinator in North Carolina, which included an operational, educational, and policy component. She then worked for the state’s recycling office and national Keep America Beautiful, where she conducted various social marketing, social media, and traditional advertising projects. Recently, Kelley worked with the American Forest Foundation to help build their landowner conservation social change program. She is currently working on her Master’s in Public Health at the University of South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys taking pictures of water towers.