In today’s world there are many complex policy, legal, political and bureaucratic hurdles to overcome when working to accomplish an organization’s goals. Building a water project, widening a highway, or just getting sufficient funding for a project can be a daunting and complicated task. Paul Kelley is seasoned and experienced in representing his clients and businesses in any situation; before the media, community, boards, commissions, customers, and state and federal governments.
Years of experience in government combined with excellent communication and negotiation skills provide government agencies and businesses with means to a successful end. Paul Kelley provides the big picture view and facilitates the process of navigating these challenging channels to champion a goal or initiatives success.
Paul served for 16 years as a Director of the Sonoma County Water Agency. With Paul’s leadership, SCWA has become a leading water agency in the areas of water supply, recycled water, water conservation, flood control, renewable energy, fisheries enhancement and restoration. Paul’s leadership in a biological assessment – resulted in a Russian River Biological opinion for Salmon and Steelhead. Paul also helped lead the effort to create the Pacific Coastal Salmon recovery initiative resulting in almost $1 Billion on the west coast and $100 million for fisheries enhancement projects in California over the past 10 years.
Paul led in the effort to create the North Coast Integrated Regional Water management plan, becoming the number one ranked in California and receiving millions for planning and projects on the North Coast. Paul’s leadership in water has been recognized by becoming President of the Association of California Water Agencies, a statewide association of 430 members leading California policy to a sustainable and co-equal goals water future. Paul also serves on the California Water Commission.
Wastewater: As director of the Sonoma County Water Agency, Paul gained extensive experience overseeing seven sanitation districts and zones. Setting priorities, working through regulatory challenges, raising revenue for projects, and working on renewable energy projects. Paul also spent time on a committee for the California Association of Sanitation Agencies. Paul also led the effort to create the Russian River Watershed Association and the North Bay Area Water Reuse Authority as coalitions to helps solve issues with environmentally sound solutions.
Paul initiated the “Carbon Free Water Delivery by 2015” initiative at the Sonoma County water agency, and represented the County twice at UN Climate Change Conferences. After Paul put Solar on his house in 2004, he worked hard to get 2 megawatts of solar power in Sonoma County Government facilities and worked to get landfill gas power used by the water agency. Paul has also worked on other innovative renewable energy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the community become less dependent on oil.