Kelly Kryc is a senior fellow for Energy and Environment at American Progress. Kryc is an energy and environment policy professional who formerly held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Obama administration.

Most recently, Kryc directed the first ocean policy program at the New England Aquarium, leading the aquarium’s advocacy efforts focused on transforming science into action on behalf of a healthy ocean.

Prior to working in the public sector, Kryc spent a decade in the nonprofit sector advancing science priorities in the United States and abroad. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on understanding extreme climate variability in Antarctica during the past 10,000 years. She holds a Ph.D. in earth science from Boston University, a Master of Science in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College with a double major in geology and as an independent scholar in marine science. She conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

Kryc is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Program on Science in the Public Interest, where she has taught “Science and Society: Global Challenges” and “Shaping National Science Policy.”