Founder and CEO
Prior to Mercaris, Kellee spent five years at the start-up company Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX),
the first electronic trading platform and registry for spot, futures and options on carbon, sulfur,
clean energy and other environmental derivatives. In 2009 she was appointed by President Barack Obama
as a White House Fellow and was Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine ’40 under 40’ rising leader.
Previously, Kellee worked with commodity banks in Latin America on risk management and income
diversification strategies. Kellee is an Aspen Institute Catto Environmental Fellow and has also served
on the board of Net Impact, a membership organization of more than 12,000 MBA professionals committed to
sustainability through corporate responsibility. Kellee received her MBA and MA in International Development
from American University in Washington, D.C., and completed a BA in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.