Mike Kingsella

Mike Kingsella

Chief Executive Officer, mkingsella@upforgrowth.org

National Team

Mike Kingsella is the Chief Executive Officer of Up for Growth, a national, cross-sector member network committed to solving the housing shortage and affordability crisis through data-driven research and evidence-based policy.

The organization’s policy work has resulted in the passage of Oregon’s landmark H.B. 2001, which eliminated exclusionary zoning statewide, and California's A.B. 2345, which significantly enhanced the state's density bonus law. Through its legislative affiliate, Up for Growth Action, the organization has led a series of federal pro-housing bills including S. 1614 and H.R. 3198, the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, H.R. 2483 and S. 3237, the Build More Housing Near Transit Act of 2021, and S. 902 and H.R. 2126, the Housing Supply and Affordability Act.

Prior to launching Up for Growth, Mike founded 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. Oregon Smart Growth represents more than 40 developers, investors, and development industry firms that support state and local policy enabling and promoting the development of dense, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Real Estate Development from the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and has worked in housing since 2003.