- Created: Tuesday, 03 July 2018 08:46
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
MHP is excited to announce Kelly Zelenka as its new Director of Community Development. Working with MHP’s team of nationally recognized experts, Zelenka will shape, manage and lead MHP’s work in rural and Native communities in Minnesota and across the United States.
After building an impressive career in Seattle, Zelenka is returning to her deep roots in rural Minnesota, where she was born and raised. Having worked in both urban and rural communities, Zelenka brings more than 25 years of experience in the housing and services sector, with a demonstrated track record of increasing the amount and availability of housing and service resources by:
- conducting and managing technical assistance, training and capacity building initiatives with organizations and communities,
- and leading systems-change efforts and grantmaking initiatives that test emerging best practices
Most recently, Zelenka managed the operations, budget and 65 staff in the Seattle Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher program, which serves more than 10,000 households annually. Before that she directed several programs at Building Changes — a previously HUD-funded technical assistance provider working to bring together government, philanthropic and nonprofits to address family and youth homelessness in Washington state.