Michael P. Kelly
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Michael Kelly has more than three decades of experience in public service. As Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at Brooklyn Navy Yard since March 2018, he oversees the 300-acre industrial park’s world-class operations and property management team. The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s mission is to create and preserve quality jobs, grow the city's modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connect the local community with the Yard’s economic opportunity and resources.
Kelly has served as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the Washington D.C. Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and most recently, as General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority. Kelly is also an accomplished professor, serving as the Harvey-Wadsworth Professor of Urban Affairs at Tulane University, and as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Howard University, the Wagner School of Public Policy at New York University, and Georgetown University.
Kelly began his career in the public housing arena as an architect for the San Francisco Housing Authority in 1983. In 1994, as Acting Executive Director, he had achieved the honor of being the first registered architect to head a public housing authority in the U.S. He left San Francisco to serve at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Troubled Agency Recovery Specialist, where he provided technical assistance to the Transition Team at the Housing Authority of New Orleans. In 1995, he was asked by Mayor Marc Morial to become Executive Director of the New Orleans Housing Authority.
In addition to being a proven leader in the housing industry, he is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a certified urban planner and member of the American Planning Association (AICP), and a LEED Green Associate of the US Green Building Council.
Kelly, a San Francisco native, is married with three children. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University; a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Master of Arts in education from San Francisco State University.
Kelly has several affiliations, including serving as past President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, past Chairman of the Board for City Year DC, and board member for the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare and Building America Community Development Entity. He is also a member of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.