Michael P. Kelly
New York City Housing Authority
Michael Kelly has more than three decades of experience in the housing industry. He has served as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the Washington D.C. Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority. Prior to returning to NYCHA, Kelly most recently served as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. 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.