Michael P. Kelly

Michael P. Kelly
Michael P. Kelly
Department of Housing and Community Development
District of Columbia



Michael P. Kelly has served more than 25 years in significant posts in the public housing arena. He is currently the Director for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in Washington, D.C. Previously, Kelly served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) at the request of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this capacity, Kelly was also the Administrative Receiver for the authority while it remained under HUD control. Under his leadership, the authority instituted major reforms to ensure accountability and transparency in its practices.

From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Kelly served as General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the nation's largest public housing agency with over 178,000 residential units and over 100,000 housing choice vouchers spread across the city.

Mr. Kelly is a licensed architect and certified urban planner who began his career at the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) in 1983. He went on to serve in a variety of positions, including twice as Executive Director while becoming the first architect to head a public housing authority in the United States.

After 11 years of service at SFHA, Mr. Kelly became a Troubled Agency Recovery Specialist at HUD. There, he provided technical assistance to the transition team at the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) and eventually was named HANO's Executive Director in 1995. Under his leadership, HANO was successfully removed from HUD's troubled agency list.

Mr. Kelly was asked to serve as the Chief Executive under the Judicial Receivership at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) and became DCHA's Executive Director in 2000. Under his watch, DCHA was engaged in seven HOPE VI grants for development of mixed-income housing, the second most of any jurisdiction in the nation. Also during his tenure, DCHA became the first housing authority in the country to establish its own Energy Service Company, providing energy services to all authority properties.

He is an active professional in the affordable housing industry. He was the 2010 recipient of the M. Justin Herman Memorial Award, the most prestigious honor from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). He is the President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), an advocacy organization whose 60 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country. He is a Founding Board Member of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Housing Conference.

Mr. Kelly is also passionate about the future of affordable housing. He is an adjunct professor at New York University's Wagner School of Public Policy and has taught at Howard University's School of Architecture and Engineering in Washington, D.C. and at the University of California-Berkeley. He is also the former Harvey-Wadsworth Professor of Urban Affairs at Tulane University. He received teaching credentials in New Jersey and California, and graduated from Princeton's program in Teaching Preparation.

San Francisco native Michael P. Kelly holds a LEED Green Associate Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton, a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Education from San Francisco State University.