Kelsey Jae Nunez, JD, MPP, LEED GA


Kelsey Jae Nunez has over 10 years of experience building partnerships around energy, the environment, and sustainability while focusing on building community and support for local economies and purpose-driven ventures. Her service in groups such as Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, Idaho Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Idaho Energy Collaborative, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, and Sustainable Community Connections of Idaho sharpened her expertise in Idaho’s energy and environmental issues while building relationships with diverse leaders in various fields. From 2013-2016 Kelsey ran the Idaho Green Fest, a festival celebrating Earth Day and Idaho’s growing sustainable economy.

From 2014-2015, Kelsey managed a well-established nonprofit organization providing group decision making, organizational budgeting and fundraising, strategic planning, community outreach, and policy development. In that role, she collaborated with the Public Utilities Commission, environmental organizations, and energy companies to elevate the commitment to renewable energy at the state and city level.

Kelsey has a JD/Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University and a BS in Biology from the University of Idaho. She is also a LEED Green Associate.

In addition to her partnership at WSC, she is a Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center and runs a boutique law firm committed to supporting others as they develop meaningful livelihoods and create a more resilient economy.  Prior to her non-profit service, Kelsey practiced law at Givens Pursley LLP, supporting clients in corporate, environmental and land use matters. Her clients included renewable energy and mineral developers, water rights dealers, farmers, technology companies, and nonprofit organizations.