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Kelly is an associate at Eldridge Brooks, where her practice draws on the diverse background in her work. Most recently, Kelly worked for over three years as in-house corporate counsel for solar developer Today’s Power, where she oversaw transactions and represented the company’s interest before federal and state regulatory agencies. Kelly’s career in the renewable energy industry began in 2018 as the Director of Policy and Corporate Relations for the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association. She previously worked as the Development Director for the American Heart Association, coordinating Central Arkansas’ Go Red for Women campaign and alongside Conner Eldridge during his 2016 campaign for U.S. Senate.
Kelly has strong ties to Northwest Arkansas and is thrilled to be a full-time NWA resident again, returning with her husband, Simmons Bank’s Will Steinwart, and her energetic Pomeranian, Koda. Kelly was born in Fort Smith and attended Southside High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management and Investments (cum laude) from the University of Arkansas’s Walton College of Business and received the Henry Woods Student Leadership Award in 2011 for her outstanding record of student leadership, which included serving as President of Chi Omega sorority.
Kelly went on to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville) and represented the school in regional negotiation competitions twice, placing third in her final year. Kelly worked in Compliance for the University of Arkansas Athletic Department for two years as a law student before accepting a full-time position after graduation as the Coordinator of On-Campus Recruiting Operations under then-Head Football Coach Bret Bielema.
Kelly participated with a local women’s and children’s shelter while in Central Arkansas, and she plans to continue her community involvement in NWA.