OUR TEAM 

Staff 

Micaela Connery

Founder and CEO

Inspired by her cousin Kelsey, Micaela has been working on inclusion in communities her entire life. She has seen firsthand the housing crisis facing adults with developmental disabilities and their families.  As a research fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, she spent a year studying the issue in detail. The Kelsey exists to turn the challenge of disability housing into the opportunity of inclusive community.

Micaela completed her MPP at Harvard Kennedy School focusing on housing, disability inclusion, and community development. She was a Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Social Innovation and Change Initiative where she worked on designing The Kelsey. In 2017, she received her MBA as a Mitchell Scholar in the Smurfit School at University College Dublin.  She's a proud University of Virginia Wahoo.  

Prior to The Kelsey, Micaela was founder and CEO of Unified Theater.

Caroline Bas

Chief Operations Officer

Caroline has over ten years of business operations experience across the non-profit, corporate, startup, and philanthropic sectors. Most recently she was a management consultant at Deloitte focused on corporate finance, but spent most of her free time thinking about housing. As a Bay Area native she saw her mother with disabilities experience a series of evictions and witnessed first-hand how housing insecurity has become wide-spread across the region. To help counter this, she founded an urbanist neighborhood association in San Francisco and joined The Kelsey to oversee finance and operations.

 

She grew up in Hayward, California, has a BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

Eric Mondragon

Manager, Communications and Partnerships

Eric’s personal and professional career have focused on design and human rights. In his role, he combines the two in various capacities with focus on program development, community outreach, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Eric led marketing and communication efforts for design firms in San Francisco. His past work focused on publicly-engaged, civic and education projects. Eric actively supports San Francisco community through commitments with Project OpenHand, and MiracleMessages, and previously volunteered at Hamilton Families and the SF LGBT Center.

 

Eric received his masters degree in Communications from the Brian Lamb School at Purdue University, and his bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

Allie Cannington 

Manager, Advocacy and Organizing 

From the Bay Area, Allie is a white, Queer, Disabled community advocate and organizer. For over ten years, Allie has led and organized people with disabilities on local, state, national and international levels, always centering people with disabilities who live at  the margins, including but not limited to LGBTQIA, people of color, low/no income, and youth with disabilities. 

 

Allie is excited and humbled to join The Kelsey on their mission to create more possibilities for inclusive communities. Allie will be able to integrate her years of work in the Disability Rights Movement and her experience at Larkin Street Youth Services, where she organized and amplified youth leadership and their solutions for ending youth homelessness.  

 

Ultimately, Allie’s work is dedicated to unveiling everyone’s proximity to disability and to fueling justice movements that are intersectional, sustainable and intergenerational.

Ann Bui 

Manager, Housing and Inclusion Services 

Ann brings 20 years of experience developing and managing person-centered, culturally competent community health projects. Passionate about resolving health care barriers, Ann’s diverse professional experiences included serving as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Santa Clara County Public Health Policy Aide for County Board Supervisor Ken Yeager, Program Director at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), Statewide Assistive Technology Project Coordinator and Grants Administrator for the CA Department of Rehabilitation, and as a Board Member for the advocacy organization Disability Voices United. Ann brings a unique perspective as a family advocate as well as an understanding of the California Regional Center Services System, public health systems, and the Self-Determination program. Ann has been a lifelong advocate and supporter of Martin, her brother with Autism and a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Isaac Haney-Owens 

Communications Analyst​

Isaac's interest in disability advocacy has grown and changed over time but has always been grounded in inclusion. Isaac began with applying his storytelling and visual communications skills to elevating the need for disability housing (You can read some of his stories here.). Now he interviews guests in Leaders for Inclusive Community, a podcast hosted by The Kelsey. 

Outside of work, Isaac enjoys photographing structures and vistas in his environments such as the Golden Gate Bridge, landscapes, buildings, and neighborhoods. One of his projects involves recreating old signs as miniature dioramas. Isaac also serves as a Golden Gate Regional Center Board Member. He is based in San Francisco and was raised in Emeryville.

Raul Orellana 

Analyst 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Raul is a Latinx, Queer, social justice activist. He is an incoming junior studying Sociology and Spanish with minors in Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies at Santa Clara University. Since an early age, he has fostered a deep interest in social justice advocacy and has served as a volunteer at Homeboy Industries and as a program coordinator for Students for Labor Solidarity (SLS), an volunteer and activism program led by Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP), the largest social justice organization on his university campus. SLS is a discussion based program that seeks to educate other students about labor issues and how to be an ally for social change in a global context. Through his involvement in co-curricular activities, volunteering, and academic coursework, he has learned about the housing crisis, particularly in the Bay Area, and its effects on marginalized communities. 

Raul is extremely excited to join The Kelsey, learn more about the intersections between the housing crisis and people with disabilities, grow professionally, and be a supportive team member. Not only is he looking forward to helping advance The Kelsey’s mission and projects, but he is also excited to form meaningful connections with community members, staff, and potential stakeholders.

Board of Directors

Erik Doyle, Chair 

Executive Vice President at CBRE in Palo Alto. During his 29-year career, Mr. Doyle has been involved with sales of more than 35 million square feet of property and more than 700 acres of land representing a value in excess of $7.1 billion. Of Mr. Doyle's many transactions, he spearheaded the close of the largest office deal in Silicon Valley history -- the Peery Arrillaga Portfolio sale to RREEF. Erik currently sits on the board of MidPen Housing Corp., one of the largest providers of affordable housing and services in the Bay Area.  Prior to he was the Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, and President and Executive Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank Cornish & Carey Commercial Group.

Carol Weld King, Treasurer 

As a Partner in Morris, Manning & Martin's Commercial Real Estate Development and Finance and Hospitality practices. Her nationally recognized practice focuses on transaction structuring, financing, acquisition, and development activities in the hospitality and lodging industry. Carol has represented various owners, investors, developers, and lenders in a broad range of transactional work for hospitality and gaming, office, multifamily, mixed-use, and light industrial projects. She currently serves as principal counsel to several hotel equity funds and public and private corporations in connection with a series of hotel acquisitions, financings, and ground-up developments throughout the United States. She regularly counsels clients in capital markets transactions and has successfully led several recent real estate merger and acquisition transactions.  Carol also represents several major real estate development companies and corporate clients, both locally and nationally, in a variety of land and office development projects.  Carol graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia’s School of Law.

Cate Sullivan, Secretary 

Cate learned about inclusion from a young age. Her sister, Kelsey, has multiple significant special needs, but that never stopped her family from skiing, camping, or conquering roller coasters. Originally from Rhode Island, Cate went to Boston College where she studied Political Science. As president of the Boston College Campus School Volunteers, she coordinated over 500 volunteers to work at an on-campus school for students aged 3-21 with special needs, and raised over $300,000 for support services and adaptive technologies. After college, she served for two years with City Year Boston at the Burke High School. As a City on a Hill Urban Teaching Fellow, she then earned her Masters in Education from Simmons College. She is now a high school civics teacher and history department head at City on a Hill Dudley Square in Boston. Inclusivity, especially in education, has become a lifelong passion. 

​(More about Cate and Kelsey here.)

Stephanie Cornell 

As a Managing Director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Stephanie plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach.  Prior to joining DRK, Stephanie co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, a coalition of families that combines philanthropic investing and pro bono consulting to address issues for Massachusetts children in poverty; Project Healthy Children, which designs and implements food fortification programs in developing countries; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls and teacher enrichment program in Rwanda.

She completed the Harvard Advanced Leadership fellowship and has been an advisor and board member for several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including Demand Abolition, Year Up, Partners in Health, WGBH, RefugePoint, Resurge, Share Our Strength, Y2Y, Lava Mae, Upstream, and City Health Works. Stephanie holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Elizabeth Grigsby 

As the Consumer Rights Advocate for the Golden Gate Regional Center. For over 20 years, she's been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to help individuals thrive and get the best services possible that they deserve. She's passionate about person-centered planning and elevating the voices of self-advocates in the community, policymaking, and program design.  Liz is a Bay Area native who is well-versed in the housing challenges that impact individuals with disabilities in the region. She regularly speaks on topics of self-advocacy, disability policy, and the need for inclusion of people with disabilities.

Will Goodman 

As a Vice President at Strada Investment Group in San Francisco, where he leads entitlement and development efforts on mixed-use, mixed-income projects in the Bay Area.  Prior to joining Strada, Will was Chief of Staff at Jonathan Rose Companies in New York City, where he worked on acquisitions and development of office, multifamily, and mixed-use buildings across the country.  Throughout his career, Will has worked on public policy initiatives, at both local and national levels, to advance smart urban development that prioritizes environmental, social, and economic prosperity.  Will has an M.A. in Urban Planning and Real Estate from Harvard University and a B.A. from Brown University. 

Colleen Kelly 

As founding staff and Program Manager at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative (SICI) at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she supports SICI’s mission by empowering individuals and organizations to advance solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. She works hands-on with students through the New World Social Enterprise Fellows Program and Social Innovation Studio to help innovators more effectively initiate and implement change for positive social impact. Colleen has previously supported research and educational efforts in global philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at HKS’ Hauser Institute for Civil Society and The Philanthropic Initiative. While at Hauser, she co-authored, From Prosperity to Purpose, a report that explores philanthropic giving and social investment among high net worth individuals and families in six Latin American countries. Colleen received her B.A. from Northeastern University in International Affairs and Political Science and is an Ed.M. Candidate in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Lindsay Johnson 

As a Public Interest Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, she worked at The Kelsey as Director of Policy and Partnerships. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Lindsay was drawn to public interest work from a young age. She worked for Tipping Point Community on their Chronic Homelessness Initiative and as an adaptive recreation counselor at Higher Ground, a nonprofit that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience the outdoors without limitations. As an undergraduate, she worked for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in the Community Justice Center, a collaborative court and social service center in the Tenderloin. She graduated with degrees in Political Science and History from Yale University, where she served as President of the Yale chapter of Best Buddies International.

Shaina Li 

As the Director of Customer Development at Social Construct, a construction technology company inventing new ways to deliver better housing, faster and for less, so we can all afford to live in places we love. Prior to joining Social Construct, Shaina was the Senior Director of Real Estate at Common and responsible for the portfolio of redevelopment and ground-up coliving projects in the western US. Prior to joining Common, Shaina was an investment professional at Hines covering acquisitions, development, and asset management of a $1.2 billion portfolio. Shaina started her career at Colony Capital focused on portfolio management and dispositions. Shaina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University.

Swathi Bonda 

As a Director at Brookfield Properties in San Francisco, where she manages the development of the 5M project. Her responsibilities include directing and administering 5M’s community benefits strategies and obligations, such as the donation of the historic Dempster Building to the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST).

 

Prior to working for Brookfield, Swathi led affordable housing  development for Forest City’s New York office, including nearly 800 units of mixed-income housing at Pacific Park Brooklyn. Through her work, she has deep expertise in structuring financing for 100% affordable housing projects and negotiating tax abatements. Before becoming a real estate developer, Swathi was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and an Economist with Fannie Mae. Swathi earned both her B.S. in Economics and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Advisors

CAITLYN

FOX

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

JOHN 

O'FARRELL

Andreessen Horowitz

ROB

WAGNER

Sares Regis Group 

CHAN U

LEE

Devine & Gong

ERICK 

MIKITEN

Mikiten Architecture

CHRIS 

BEDA

Wabash Partners

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