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Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity announces new Executive Director

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September 04, 2019
Ellensburg, WA (September 3, 2019)—On August 19, Linda Kelly joined Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity in Ellensburg, officially taking the role as Executive Director.

Kelly comes to Habitat for Humanity with 27 years of local government experience, most recently as Town Manager of Windsor, CA, where she led a team providing municipal services for a community of 27,000. In Windsor, Kelly worked on updating the Town’s affordable housing policies, including the Housing Element of the General Plan, and collaborated with Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity during the planning and pre-development phase of Windsor’s proposed Duncan Village, an affordable community of 16 homes. She previously served as City Manager/Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency of Sonoma, CA, and Town Manager of Fairfax, CA, where she also served as Executive Officer of Ross Valley Fire.

“Having recently taken classes and taught at CWU, I am excited to be a part of the community of Ellensburg and the County as we tackle the issue of affordable housing. I look forward to building relationships and collaborating with our partners to fill this critical human need for shelter,” Kelly stated. Currently a resident of Leavenworth, Kelly has done volunteer work in Chelan County for the past two years at the Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties and with Citizens for Better Transit of Wenatchee. In 2011, Kelly received the Community Partnership Award from the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) for a city-nonprofit partnership which created a drought-resistant garden which serves as a model for residential landscaping development. She is a former ICMA credentialed manager and holds an M.A. in Political Science from U.C. Riverside and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from UC. Santa Cruz.

“We are excited to have Linda during this important time in our organization. She will not only be building on the foundation of Habitat for Humanity’s vision where everyone has a decent place to live, but leading us through the important next phase of growth” states Jared Vallejo, Habitat board Chair. With affordable housing being a critical initiative in Ellensburg and the surrounding Kittitas County, Habitat for Humanity has an opportunity to make a positive impact on addressing the local housing gap with high-quality, low-cost single-family homes that can make a significant difference in our community.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in
1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization
has since grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 1,300
communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in
need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call
home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an
affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support
affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance
they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more
about Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, visit

Linda Kelly , Executive Director