Executive Director, Office of the National Western Center
City and County of Denver
With over 22 years of broad-based operations management experience, including 16-plus years in senior leadership positions, Kelly has worked across a range of highly visible public, private and nonprofit organizations. In January 2013, Mayor Michael B. Hancock appointed Kelly to serve as the Project Manager of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). Recognizing a convergence of upcoming projects in the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods, the Mayor identified an opportunity to energize a cornerstone of the Corridor of Opportunity and create a gateway to downtown by aligning individual efforts into one coordinated vision.
Kelly manages the general oversight, planning, strategic coordination, financing and implementation of the six major projects totaling over 3,000 acres. The projects include neighborhood planning, the redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show, South Platte River, Brighton Blvd., multiple RTD transit stations and I-70 east from Brighton Blvd to Tower Road.
From September 2011 through April 2013, Kelly served as Mayor Hancock’s Director of Development Services. With a staff of nearly 120, the department facilitates and supports the issuance of over 50,000 residential and commercial permits through the plan review,permitting and inspections process. The department plays a key role in the economic vitality of the City.
Kelly graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in general business and a Masters in Public Administration. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver. He has been honored by the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” as one of the up-and-coming business leaders and in 2007 as “Business Person of the Year” from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for his work in educational reform along the eastern Front Range. Kelly is a 3 generation Coloradoan, growing up in Northwest Jefferson County and currently resides in Southeast Aurora with his wife and their two young children.