Chief, Mitigation and Technical Assistance Section
Maryland Department of the Environment
Kelly Neff is Chief of the Mitigation and Technical Assistance Section within the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Wetlands and Waterways Program. Prior to her 14 years with MDE, she worked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and with a private consulting firm, focusing on ecological restoration. She attended the University of Maryland where she received a B.S. in Agronomy and a M.S. in Environmental Science.
In her work at MDE, she oversees all aspects of mitigation within Maryland. She is co-chair on the Interagency Review Team, reviewing proposed Mitigation Banks and developing mitigation policy and guidance documents. She also oversees the MDE In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program, including the operation of the existing ILF Program and the ongoing development of a revised ILF Program that meets the 2008 EPA/Corps Mitigation Rule requirements. She is currently involved in Statute and Regulation changes focused on improving the mitigation process within Maryland.