About the Founder

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Peter A. Kelly

Impact Hub Seattle 220-2nd Ave S Seattle, WA 98104


University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. 2010 Agric. & Res. Economics
Dissertation: Farmland Reforestation in China, based on my own household survey
University of California, Berkeley M.S. 2005 Agric. & Res. Economics
University of California, Davis B.S. 2002 Int’l Agric. Development

* Long list of scholarships and awards available on request

Grow Further Founder 2015-
Renmin Univ. of China School of Economics Assistant Professor 2011-15
  • ENN Group International Young and Mid-Career Faculty Chair
  • Courses taught: Development Econ. (BS), Agric. Econ. (BS), Envir. and Resource Econ. (BS), Econ. of the Public Sector (MS), Principles of Microecon. (BS), Topics in Microecon. (PhD), Applied Macroecon. (professional)
  • Advised masters thesis on economics of innovation
  • Highest teaching evaluations among 130 faculty in School of Economics, Fall 2011
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Occasional lecturer 2013-15
Kelly Investing LLC Part-time investment analyst 2008-
UC Berkeley Various depts. Teaching assistant 2005-06
Agric. and Res. Econ. RA on air pollution in Asia 2003-05
Sichuan Agricultural University English Teacher 2002-03
UC Davis & Univ. of Missouri Soil ecology lab assistant 2000-02
Adm. and Outreach Services Honors student recruiter 2000-02
Self employed grower, positive profit Sold tomatoes to restaurants 1996-99
University of Washington Judge in a clean tech business plan competition 2016
Fledge accelerator Adviser to social enterprises in East Africa 2016
Seattle Effective Altruists Member, attend monthly meetings 2016-
Impact Hub Seattle Full-time Member 2015-
Element 8 (clean tech. angel invt.) Member of various due diligence teams 2015-
Chair Crop Enhancement and Resource Fiber teams 2016
Amer. Society of Agronomy Member of US-China Section 2015-
Global Washington Ambassador 2015-
Journal of Forest Economics Associate Editor 2015-
Social Venture Partners Int’l Member of delegation to India to set up chapters 2015-
Beijing Founding Partner, most active ptnr. in due dilig. 2013-15
Seattle Envir. Grant, Fast Pitch Screening committees 2013-
Chair of nonprofit business plan screening comm. 2016
Village Capital Social Enterprise Mentor 2014
Renmin Univ. of China School of Econ. Jr. Fac. Hiring Interview Comm. 2013-15
China Cent. TV; China Radio Int’l Frequent participant in national programs 2012-15
Global Partnerships Investor, research collaborator, Ecuador trip partic. 2011-
Seattle Chinese Garden Interpreter for construction workers 2010
Center for Chinese Ag. Policy Visiting Scholar (ag. extension sys. reform) 2006-08
Northwest A&F Univ. 682-household survey on farmland reforestation 2007
UC Davis Pierce Co-op Liaison (chair) and Treasurer 2000-01
Boardsource Certificate in Nonprofit Board Education 2016
Climate Group “Future Academy” (EMBA-type pgm. on green biz. in China) 2015
Beijing Normal Univ Nonprofit management and philanthropy in China series 2014-15
Online courses “Social Entrepreneurship” and “Giving with Purpose” 2014
Seattle Works “The Bridge” (board training) 2011
Bellevue College Project Management (some courses, certificate not completed) 2010

English (native), Mandarin Chinese (fluent)

Chen, Yu-feng, Jian Yu, and Peter Kelly, “Does the China factor matter: What drives the surge of world crude oil prices?”, Social Science Journal, Volume 53, Issue 1, March 2016, Pages 122–133

Kelly, Peter and Xuexi Huo, “Land Retirement and Non-farm Labor Market Participation: An Analysis of China’s Sloping Land Conversion Program”,World Development August 2013, Pages 156-169

Kelly, Peter, “罗斯和沙普利的获诺奖理论是否适合中国?” 中国经济报告 2013 年第1期 [“Is the Nobel-winning theory of Roth and Shapley suited to China?” China Economic Report 2013 Issue #1.]

Kelly, Peter and Xuexi Huo, “Do farmers or governments make better land conservation choices? Evidence from China’s Sloping Land Conversion Program”, Journal of Forest Economics Volume 19, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 32–60

Hu, Ruifa, Zhijian Yang, Peter Kelly, and Jikun Huang, “Agricultural extension system reform and agent time allocation in China”, China Economic Review, 2009, 20(2): 303–315.

“Book review: Environmental Protection in China: Land Use Management”, Land Use Policy, 2009, 26(3): 857-58

Cui, Yongwei, Ruifa Hu, Peter Kelly, and Luohui Liang “Farmer crop choice in remote regions of 16 northern China” with, in Journal of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009, 26(3): 338-49

Kelly, Peter and Todd Rayne, “Predicted and Actual Soil Erosion Rates in a Small Agricultural Watershed in Oneida County, New York”, Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, 1999, 21(4): 282-88

Four-year column of World Watch magazine-style essays for college newspaper on global environmental and development issues, total 40,000 words

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