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Seattle City (spot)Light: Kelly Maloney, Senior Environmental Analyst

The Basics

How long have you been at City Light? One year 

Division: Environmental Management and Compliance 

Tell us about your role. What does your job entail?  My role is to help ensure environmental permitting and compliance are completed for all transmission and distribution and streetlight projects. I am also a member of the spill response team, so if you have a downed or leaking transformer, odds are one in seven I’ll be the one you get on the other end of the line. 


Hometown: Portsmouth, N.H. 

Alma Mater: James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia 

Discipline/Trade of study:  Marine biology and zoology 

Tell us about your family: My family consists of my better half, Brandon, and me. We have been together for five years. We have two quirky dogs, Kada and Rumi. We moved up here to Washington for our jobs from northern California (like, the REAL northern California, haha). We live over on the Kitsap side and enjoy everything outdoors, including hiking, camping, and just generally exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Fun fact – Brandon also works at City Light as an electrician constructor apprentice. 

Just for Fun

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?  Twenty years from now, you will regret what you didn’t do more than what you did. 

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on/have been working on at City Light? Why?  So far, they have all been great because I’ve been able to get to know the engineers behind the projects slowly. There is so much interesting geomorphology, hydrography, and topography with this area being a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. I’m also really looking forward to all the upcoming waterfront and citywide electrification projects!   

What is your favorite local activity? I love taking a day off to go explore a new place. Just open up the map, find an interesting-looking spot, grab the dogs, and go. Bubble tea is a must for the ride. 

Who do you admire the most? My dad. He has always worked very hard and made things happen for himself and his family. He made sure my siblings and I had the best childhood, and we never felt like he wasn’t around, even though he was a pilot and could be gone for a few days at a time for work. Now that he’s getting closer to retirement and I’m older, I admire his perspective on the world. He really gives the best advice, and I’m lucky to call him my dad. 

How do you prefer to start/end your day? I like to start my day by hitting the gym during the work week or by heading out on a hike or other activity on the weekends (after getting to wake up without an alarm, of course😉). At the end of the day, I enjoy curling up with Brandon on the couch and watching a movie.