Meet Our Team.

We are committed to shaping our practice to honor the needs of our clients, the lives of our team members, and our mutual commitment to the important work that brought us together. We share a deep love for the West, its landscapes, its communities, and its people. We have dedicated our careers to finding sustainable, responsible solutions to the West's growing resource challenges, and to making it a better place for all of us.

Our team brings a unique combination of legal, policy, technical, and management skills and experience to every matter we take on. While we are all dedicated professionals, we also bring diverse experiences and perspectives that ensure we can look at our clients' issues from all angles and find the best solutions.

Joan CardJoan Card
Partner
Culp & Kelly, LLP

Joan is an environmental and natural resources attorney with nearly 25 years of combined private sector, federal, state, local, and non-profit experience. Joan has held a number of senior executive positions in government agencies and is a solutions-oriented strategic advisor, serving clients in environmental and water quality matters, and in innovative and sustainable urban water management. Her work has taken her from the mountains of Montana to the Colorado River Delta to the halls of Congress and points in between.

Peter W. CulpPeter W. Culp
Partner
Culp & Kelly, LLP

Peter is a nationally-recognized expert in Western water law and water policy, and has more than 20 years of experience working on a broad range of water law and policy, natural resources law and policy, U.S. environmental law, and federal Indian law matters. He represents a variety of municipalities, water agencies, industrial and energy concerns, developers, investment firms, and nonprofit organizations and foundations, and is a respected strategic advisor to clients facing the challenges of water and natural resource scarcity in the West. 

Jennifer A. DiffleyJennifer A. Diffley
Junior Partner
Culp & Kelly, LLP

Jennifer provides support to a variety of public, private and nonprofit clients on natural resources management and water law and policy. Her work focuses on water scarcity issues in the Western United States, sustainable groundwater management, conservation program strategy and finance, and collaborative planning and advocacy around natural resources and water policy. She also has experience in utilities, government, and administrative law, and in environmental science and education.

Mary E. KellyMary E. Kelly
Partner
Culp & Kelly, LLP

With more than three decades of environmental law, policy, and advocacy experience, Mary is a nationally respected environmental lawyer and nonprofit program manager, and provides environmental analysis and advocacy services to non-profits, foundations and other organizations. Mary's areas of expertise include water law and policy, ecosystem restoration law and policy, U.S./Mexico border environmental issues, strategy development, grant writing, strategic fundraising and non-profit management.

Kelly J. KennedyKelly J. Kennedy
Junior Partner
Culp & Kelly, LLP

Kelly practices in the areas of water, environmental, and natural resources law, representing a range of public, private, and non-profit clients. Her work focuses on a number of critical water and natural resources law and policy matters in Arizona, the greater Southwest, and the Colorado River Basin, as well as legislative analysis, policy development and research, water-related investment, and conservation strategy. She has experience working in both Western water policy and environmental law, and has worked at the local, state, and federal government level.

Dr. Caroline NashDr. Caroline Nash
Principal
CK Blueshift, LLC

Caroline is a professional hydrologist and geomorphologist with experience in rangeland conservation and stream restoration. With a PhD in Water Resources Engineering and a registered GIT in Idaho, she has extensive knowledge of the scientific fields and regulatory constraints relevant to watershed-scale conservation efforts. Her work combines field work, remote sensing and modelling to create innovative and data-driven solutions for restoration design, monitoring and compliance.

Ana M. OlayaAna M. Olaya
Managing Director
CK Blueshift, LLC

Ana works with the CK Blueshift team on a variety of water, environmental, and natural resource issues and various finance and investment-related matters. With a law degree from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Tulane University, she has extensive knowledge and experience in both the legal and financial fields, including associate positions in private practice in Colombia, work as an analyst for Standard & Poor’s in New York City, and experience in the sustainable, responsible, impact investment (SRI) industry.