Kelly Rula
Kelly Rula headshot
Director, Policy and Partnerships
Wilson Ceramics Lab 111
Research Areas: 
  • Emerging mobility
  • Transportation technologies
  • Transportation policy
  • Zero-emissions freight

Before joining the SCTL, Kelly managed the New Mobility team at the Seattle Department of Transportation. Her team oversaw shared mobility programs, led policy and strategic direction for new mobility services like autonomous vehicles and urban freight, and advised on data and technology innovations to help prepare for the future of transportation in Seattle.

Kelly previously worked at Amazon Prime Now, the ultra-fast 1- and 2- hour delivery service, leading U.S. expansion and delivery optimization product efforts. Before that, Kelly was an environmental consultant, advising public and private sector clients on waste and energy efficiency analysis and behavior change programs. She previously worked as a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and for the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

As the Urban Freight Lab's director for policy and partnerships, Kelly leads innovative funding strategies and new partnerships and contributes a policy lens to current and future research projects.

  • B.A., Biochemistry and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College

Questions and Answers

  • Where are you from and what is your favorite food?

    I grew up in Dallas, Texas, and lived in a number of places from Maine to Utah before settling in Seattle in 2010. My favorite foods are heavily influenced by my Southern upbringing and include fried chicken, Tex-Mex, and BBQ.