Our People

Trish Kelly

Managing Director

Trish joined Valley Vision in 2014 as managing director after several years as a consultant to the organization. She oversees Valley Vision’s Food and Ag Economy, 21st Century Workforce, and broadband strategies. She has the passion and unique talent to deliver research and information, and to engage cross-sector interests in collaborative, solution-driven strategies.

Trish’s vast regional and statewide networks greatly contribute to the growth and vitality of the region. In all she does, Trish focuses on triple-bottom-line outcomes: shared opportunity, environmental quality, and economic prosperity for all. An effective grant writer, Trish helped the region win a coveted federal designation as a food and beverage manufacturing community.

Before coming to Valley Vision, Trish consulted a wide range of clients on economic development, including local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, educational institutions, councils of governments, workforce development boards, and philanthropic entities. She led several flagship initiatives—including regional-state partnerships—on industry cluster and workforce development, rural policy, infrastructure, and sustainability indicators, including California’s first-ever, region-based indicator report for the California Strategic Growth Council.

Trish is actively engaged in leadership positions that serve to advance regional outcomes and has been widely recognized for her contributions and achievements:

  • Greater Broadway Partnership, board member (since 2014)
  • AgStart Innovation Alliance, regional advisory committee member (since 2016)
  • Golden Bear Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient, California Association for Local Economic Development (2017)
  • Women Who Means Business award, Sacramento Business Journal (2017)

Trish comes from a large extended Irish-Italian family from Philadelphia where her love of food and big, loud family meals took root. She’s been known to host dinners where wine intersects with public policy. Trish moved west to work with a nonprofit organization assisting farmworkers in California’s central coast and became a permanent Sacramento resident in 1986.

A proud mother of three sons, Trish lives in an all-sports, all-the-time household. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Spanish and holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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