Alyssa Kelley

Project Manager, Property Development

Cell Phone
My Picks
To know what’s going on in the streets – literally
Daily Briefing to start the day
For giving (and getting) presents.
With a beautiful Instagram account for home design
For some seriously good IKEA hacks

As a project manager, Alyssa assists with financing applications, predevelopment work, community engagement, and fundraising for projects in Memphis, New Orleans, Hastings, Minnesota, and Silver Spring, Maryland.

She graduated with a Master in Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, during which she worked at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs as a community-based research assistant focusing mainly on affordable housing, public financing, and survey research. After graduation, she interned with the City of Hopkins’ Planning and Economic Development Department and coordinated the Artery Experiment – an Open Streets event designed to engage Hopkins residents and visitors around plans for a large-scale road reconstruction and public art infusion along a city street.

She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, and the Pittston Tomato Festival Committee. Before becoming a Golden Gopher, Alyssa was a proud Nittany Lion; she also holds both a M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations and a B.S. in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University.

Alyssa is passionate about affordable housing and the role of arts, culture, and history in community and economic development (and the link among them all), especially in cities blighted by post-industrial economic decline. Growing up in Northeast Pennsylvania, Alyssa lived among some of the country’s most formidable and abandoned coal breakers, iron furnaces, and textile mills – all of which, she believes, hold their own beauty and potential for revitalization and repurposing.

You can find Alyssa exploring the various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities with her husband, Gene, and cooking, making lists, and pining over home décor and IKEA hack websites.

Image (right): The City of Pittston’s Inspiration Mural, seen above, was completed by Michael Pilato in September of 2015. The third largest mural in Pennsylvania, it features many of the people who have influenced and helped to revitalize my hometown. It now joins a handful of other murals in the downtown - part of an effort for Pittston to have the most public art of any 1.7-square-mile city in the United States.

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