Speaker Bio

Mr. Kelly currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, being elected in June, 2011 and re-elected in 2015. During his tenure at the MRGCD he has worked towards bringing a better balance between the urban and rural interests, the agriculture community and environmental interests, and the Pueblo irrigator and the non-Indian irrigator.

Prior to retiring in 2010, Mr. Kelly was Executive Engineer for eleven years at the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (“AMAFCA”). He managed all aspects of the local flood control district, and implemented a $12M/year capital program and $3.5M annual operating budget. Mr. Kelly is well known for incorporating aesthetics, multiple-use, GI/LID techniques and storm water quality features into the flood control projects he worked on.

Mr. Kelly is married to Susan Kelly, a respected water policy attorney and planner in Albuquerque. They have two children; Molly and Emma, both in graduate school and heading toward careers in the law and water science fields.


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