Kelly supports international initiatives as well as strategic planning and operations for the center. She helps to facilitate global, regional, and local collaborations by organizing meetings, workshops, and other events. She also works in international relations for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Kelly graduated with a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2017. She holds a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut.