Kelly KingVice President and Marketing Director
Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.
Kelly King is the Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, having co-founded the renewable energy company with her husband Robert King in 1996. Well known as an industry pioneer, Pacific Biodiesel was created to alleviate the disposal of waste cooking oil at Maui’s landfill and became the first commercial biodiesel company in the U.S. As director of Marketing & Communications, Kelly has helped sell and/or develop 13 biodiesel plants built by Pacific Biodiesel in the U.S. and Japan, and the company’s community-based biodiesel model has become a standard for the sustainable renewable fuel industry.
In 2006, together with Daryl Hannah and Willie and Annie Nelson, Kelly co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a national non-profit organization that is developing a certification process for sustainable biodiesel practices. In Hawaii, Kelly has been active as a board member on many local non-profits and also served as an elected member of the Hawai‘i State Board of Education, representing Maui County from 1994-98.
Kelly secured a Congressional appropriation to fund an expansive collaboration to test military-based biodiesel fuel crops in Hawai‘i as well as an SBIR grant to develop a value-added by-product that holds great promise as a solution to the taro farmers’ apple snail problem. She serves as Chair of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and also is a board member of the Hawai‘i Renewable Energy Alliance and Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum. Kelly is currently preparing for the July 2 grand opening of Big Island Biodiesel which will showcase Pacific Biodiesel’s most advanced, super-efficient, zero-waste technology to date.