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Kate Kelley

Director of Compliance, Vessel Services at Witt O'Briens


Kate Kelley is the Director of Compliance for the Vessel Services Division for O’Brien’s Response Management, a Witt O’Brien’s company. Ms. Kelley provides technical support to vessel owners and operators on regulatory implementation issues such as the Vessel General Permit (VGP), ballast water management, OPA-90, and other U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Prior to joining O’Brien’s, Ms. Kelley worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a program lead for the development and implementation of the VGP, as well as regulatory implementation for a variety of industrial and agricultural industry sectors. After leaving the EPA, Ms. Kelley worked as an economic consultant for the Department of Transportation (DOT) where she supported regulatory development efforts for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Ms. Kelley holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.

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