Djenaba Kelly


Djenaba Kelly

Associate Principal
dkelly@ccachicago.org

Djenaba is an Associate Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance. She joined the organization as a Senior Associate in November 2018. Prior to joining Civic Consulting Alliance, Djenaba worked in affordable housing as a Regional Director of Programs in Oakland, CA where she defined the vision, program plan, and anticipated outcomes for the West Oakland Initiative - a cohesive, strategic, regional community development plan. She also managed all aspects of the overall development, coordination and execution of programs and community engagement strategies for affordable housing properties.

Additionally, she brings several years of nonprofit and corporate experience in strategic planning, relationship management, partnership development, program design, and communications.

Djenaba holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) instructor and aims to integrate compassion principles into her work.

In her (increasingly rare) free time she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, having deep conversations about the latest existential crisis with her two pre-teen daughters, and wine.