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 Public Affairs

Eric’s personal and professional career have focused on design and human rights.  He’s excited to combine the two in his role at The Kelsey as he supports community outreach, stakeholder communications, and program development. Previously, Eric led marketing and communication efforts for design firms, WRNS and Fugro. His work had a particular focus on publicly-engaged, civic and education design projects. Eric has been active in the Bay Area community as a volunteer 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.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Erik Doyle, Chair is a Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle's Capital Markets group in Menlo Park. 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 Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Doyle was President and Executive Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank Cornish & Carey Commercial Group.

Carol Weld King, Treasurer is 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 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. 

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Jim Bildner is the CEO of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where he focuses on investing in nonprofits and social enterprises that are working to solve complex issues including systemic poverty, food insecurity, access to health care, homelessness, community development, and second generation strategies to address these issues. Jim comes to DRK from Harvard where he is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. At the Kennedy School, his research interests include understanding the role of private capital in solving public problems, extending the capacity of foundations to solve complex societal issues, and the sustainability of public and private systems when governments disinvest in these systems. He is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Case Western Reserve University, the Public Citizen Foundation, the Health Foundation for the Americas, the Women’s Funding Network, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newport Festivals Foundation, the Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, WBUR, and WGBH Public TV and Radio. He also serves on the boards of Fox Islands Wind, LLC, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute and Coastal Innovation Loan Fund, TurboVote/Democracy Works Inc., Blueprint Schools, Education SuperHighway, WorldReader, and Sirum. Jim serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $5.5B as well as a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards.  In 2014 he was named Chair of Kresge’s Investment Committee.  Jim earned his AB from Dartmouth College, his MPA from Harvard, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and an MFA from Lesley University.

Elizabeth Grigsby is 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 is 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 is 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 is a law student at Georgetown University. 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. Most recently, she worked for Tipping Point Community on their Chronic Homelessness Initiative where she managed a research project that examined how homeless individuals in San Francisco interact with the criminal justice system. Previously, she worked with adults and children with cognitive and physical disabilities at Higher Ground, a nonprofit that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience recreation and 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 located 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 is 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.

Chan U Lee has worked with public agencies and nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years and is well versed in all aspects of affordable housing financing and structuring, including tax exempt bond and tax credit regulations, as well as the financial structuring of mixed income and public housing revitalization.  At Devine and Gong, Chan U is actively involved in the multi-phase Hunters View Public Housing revitalization.  She has also been the lead financial consultant for the development of the award-winning Holly Park, High Point, and Rainier Vista HOPE VI communities.  She has also been instrumental in the preservation of Kukui Gardens in Honolulu, HI, the largest affordable housing preservation project in the country.  Chan U holds a master’s degree in  Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard-Radcliffe.

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