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Trish Kelly

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. 

Professional Experience

Trish’s vast regional and statewide networks greatly contribute to the growth and vitality of the region. 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.

Affiliations & Awards

Golden Bear Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient, California Association for Local Economic Development (2017)
Women Who Mean Business Award, Sacramento Business Journal (2017)


Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, cum laude – Georgetown University
Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning – University of Pennsylvania


Going to my son Harris’ rap concerts. Working with my son Willie on farm-to-fork. Exploring the hidden parts of New York with my son Nick. Swimming in my pool. Taking trips home or abroad with family and friends. Supporting my friends who own wineries (Silt and Turkovich). The people I’ve met through work who have become dear friends. Exploring new restaurants and food entrepreneurs.