Mike Kingsella is the Executive Director of Up for Growth National Coalition, a diverse coalition of affordable housing and social justice advocates, environmental organizations, housing producers, major employers, urbanists and transit associations who have joined forces to address our nationwide housing shortage.
Up for Growth National Coalition provides an expert forum to advance the public the discourse around, and promote supply-side solutions to, our housing undersupply in a manner that respects and reflects the interests of the many communities and constituencies affected by the crisis of decreasing housing affordability and availability. Mike leads all elements of Up for Growth National Coalition’s operations, including policy research and development, strategic communications, stakeholder outreach, and federal, state and local advocacy efforts.
Prior to launching Up for Growth National Coalition, Mike led the formation and served as Executive Director of Oregon Smart Growth, the first statewide affiliate of Smart Growth America’s LOCUS coalition of responsible developers and investors. Over the past two years, Oregon Smart Growth has grown to be an advocacy organization with over 30 developers, investors, and development industry firms that support state and local policy that enable and promote the development of dense, walkable neighborhoods throughout the State of Oregon that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Mike is a published author and speaker on urban development and housing policy, and has over 15 years of experience in housing policy, commercial real estate investment, capital markets and asset management. He has a Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Real Estate Development, cum laude, from the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he is a member of the national Transit Oriented Development Product Council. Mike also serves on the Workforce and Affordability Committee for the National Multifamily Housing Council.