Kelly Shen has a background in environmental science, sustainability, and most recently, public health. Her interest in the environment began in the world of research and freshwater ecology, where she was fascinated by the way water weaves through different landscapes, both man-made and natural. She has studied water quality in the context of urban streams, agricultural systems, and protected lands.

Her desire to understand connections within the natural world blossomed into a passion for forging connections between humans and the natural world. This passion now manifests itself in understanding the link between humans and nature, particularly water resources, through the lens of environmental health and public policy.

When not at work, she can be found in local streams as a volunteer water quality monitor, at the Dane County Farmer's Market cooking up breakfast, or on the gorgeous hiking and running trails that wind through the area.