Kelly Nelson is retired as Director, Labor and Employee Relations for Koppers. She was responsible for labor relations functions and related interactions with employees at the corporation facilities across North America.
Kelly joined Koppers in 2015 and had negotiated numerous labor agreements.
In this role, Kelly developed and strengthened professional relationships with national representatives of the various labor unions representing the company’s hourly employees, including the United Steelworkers, United Auto Workers, International Association of Machinists, Laborers, and TCUnion. As applicable, she also coordinated employee functions in facility closures. In addition, she managed all leaves of absence associated with the company’s employees in North America.
Prior to joining Koppers, Kelly served as General Manager for AK Coal Resources, a metallurgical coal mining company and held a series of human resources-related positions at numerous plant locations with AK Steel and U.S. Steel, two major steel producers.
She chairs the American Coal, Coal & Chemical Institute Human Resources Committee, has contributed to seven editions of The Manager’s Bookshelf: A Mosaic of Contemporary Views, and is active in raising funds for Assistance Dogs of America Inc.
Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University, where she became the founding member of the XMBA Alumni Association and has served on the university’s Center for International Business Executives Advisory Board.
Kelly served for four years as a signals intelligence non-commissioned officer, specializing in Morse code intercept, with the United States Marine Corps.
She resides in Erie, Pennsylvania and her children and grandchildren live in the Pittsburgh and Erie areas.