Kelly House

Willamette River Initiative Program Associate

She / Her
kelly [at] mmt.org


None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns — bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
Thurgood Marshall

Kelly is driven by a passion for public service and a belief in our shared responsibility as stewards of the lands and waters we call home.

A career focused on the environment in Oregon led Kelly to philanthropy, to search for a more direct connection to work preserving the state’s land and waters.

“We all want to leave the world in better condition than we found it. I’m grateful to work in a setting that allows me to do my small part, in partnership with groups throughout the Willamette Basin, to achieve that goal.”

Before joining Meyer, Kelly spent six years as a reporter in The Oregonian newsroom. As the paper’s statewide environment reporter, she covered the evolution of an armed anti-government standoff, chronicled a plan to turn state parkland into a golf course, documented the gray wolf’s resurgence in Oregon and wrote a four-part series on Oregon’s shrinking water tables. The work gave Kelly a deep appreciation for the people laboring to improve Oregon’s environment for future generations.

Kelly joined the Meyer team in 2016.