Trish Kelly

Managing Director

Trish joined Valley Vision as Senior Vice President in 2014, having been involved with Valley Vision on several projects over the years.  As a consultant, Trish has contributed to Valley Vision initiatives in such areas as regional food systems and agriculture, broadband, economic vitality, and quality of life indicators. She is managing Valley Vision’s agriculture and food system projects and the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium, and is supporting other Valley Vision regional leadership efforts.  Trish has a passion for projects that provide strong research and accessible information as the basis for engaging community leaders, stakeholders and partner organizations in collaborative, solution-driven strategies that will ensure a Triple-Bottom Line for the region – with shared opportunity, environmental quality and economic prosperity for all.

Prior to joining Valley Vision, Trish was an economic development consultant with a wide portfolio of clients, including local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, educational institutions, councils of governments, workforce investment boards, chambers of commerce, and philanthropy. She has led many flagship initiatives – many involving regional-state partnerships – on regional industry cluster-based economic and workforce development strategies, infrastructure, and sustainability indicators, including California’s first ever region-based indicator report for the California Strategic Growth Council.  Trish is connected to excellent and diverse networks and resources that benefit the region.

Trish comes from a large extended Irish-Italian family from Philadelphia/South Jersey, where a love of wonderful food and big (and loud) family meals took root. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Spanish and holds a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved west to work with a community development organization assisting farmworkers in the Monterey Bay region, and has been a long-time Sacramento resident. Trish loves swimming, hiking, reading, gardening, traveling, cooking and eating – of course! She has been known to host dinners where wine intersects with public policy. The proud mother of three sons, Trish lives in an all-sports all-the-time household.