Michael P. Kelly
Director, D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development
Mr. Michael P. Kelly was appointed by DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray as the Director of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on July 2, 2012. DHCD administers over a dozen services and programs geared towards creating and preserving opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and revitalizing underserved communities throughout the city.
This is Director Kelly’s second tour of duty in DC, having first served as Executive Director of the Housing Authority (DCHA) from 2000 to 2009. While at DCHA, Kelly led the redevelopment of several properties including Arthur Capper Senior, Carrollsburg Dwellings, Wheeler Creek and Townhomes on Capitol Hill.
Kelly has amassed over three decades of experience in the housing industry. He served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority and 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 in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Howard Universities and the Wagner School of Public Policy at New York University.
Kelly began his career in the public housing arena as an architect for the San Francisco Housing Authority in 1983. By 1994, 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 promoted to Executive Director of the New Orleans Housing Authority.
He is a proven bi-coastal leader in the housing industry, 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.
The San Francisco, CA native is married with three children and currently resides in Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University; a Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Master of Arts in Education from San Francisco State University.
Director Kelly has several affiliations, some of which includes; serving as a board member for the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, and Building America Community Development-AFL-CIO Investment Trust. He is also a member of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and Institute of Real Estate Management.