KELLY BLACK
PRESIDENT

Kelly Black earned an M.S. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Statistics with minors in Economics and Sociology from Montana State University. Ms. Black has twenty plus years of professional experience applying quantitative tools to environmental problem solving.  Her view of the project as an interconnected series of processes led her to an interest in systematic planning, statistical designs, and decision quality assurance as these are areas where many projects fail.  Ms. Black’s in-depth knowledge and experience with systematic planning tools used by EPA, DOE, and DoD has allowed her to utilize her statistical background to assist project teams with resource optimization. With the high cost of environmental data collection, Ms. Black has been working on ways to maximize the value of these data through improved access and analysis techniques. She has served in a number of leadership roles including team leader for Strategic Interface for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Restoration Program.  In that role, she developed strategies to improve quality of decisions and products while increasing awareness across technical teams of similarities between their problems and approaches.  She has co-authored several EPA QA guidance documents, provided statistical expertise for a wide range of environmental problems, and has worked on several web-based interactive tools for emerging environmental areas, such as brownfields development efforts, valuation of ecosystem services, and validation of proficiency testing data. Ms. Black is widely recognized within the EPA community from the numerous technical training courses she has presented, and has gained a reputation for explaining complex statistical concepts without extensive use of jargon.  Ms. Black is the Chair of the United States delegation to the technical committee for the Application of Statistical Methods within the International Organization For Standardization (ISO TC69).