Kelly Lugar

Executive Vice President

Kelly has been involved in government relations for 25 years in Washington, DC, focusing on energy and environmental matters.  Her broad experience in energy legislative and regulatory matters includes strategy formulation, policy and issue advice, and outreach to key policymakers in Washington. She has a proven track record of impacting policy, and has represented, utilities, public power trade associations, nonprofit organizations and energy companies before Congress and the executive branch.

Prior to joining Elevate, Kelly served as the Vice President for Federal Affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy.  In her role as Vice President, Kelly oversaw all public policy matters before Congress and the federal agencies for the Berkshire Hathaway Energy portfolio of companies. Berkshire Hathaway Energy companies include four regulated utilities, 43,000 miles of natural gas pipelines and a renewable development company. Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Kelly’s served in mid and senior level government relations positions at three fortune 500 companies, and as a government affairs representative for the nation’s largest small business trade association.  Most recently, Kelly served as the founder and CEO of KSL Consulting, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC specializing in energy and environmental issues before the federal government.

A native Texan, Kelly began her career working as a congressional aid on energy policy for Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee in the House of Representatives.  Her public sector experience also includes serving for four years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Energy (DOE) under the administration of President George W. Bush. During her service at DOE, Kelly was responsible for working with the White House and Capitol Hill on passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Kelly is a founding board member of the Women’s Energy Resource Council (WERC), where she has served as vice president of the board since the organization’s inception in 2011. WERC is a 501(C) (6) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, that brings together energy professionals from the private sector, Capitol Hill and the executive branch.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. She currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, three sons and two pesky dogs.