The Kelsey Ayer Station Groundbreaking Ceremony and Community Celebration

Welcome to The Kelsey Ayer Station Groundbreaking! Thank you for joining us to celebrate this milestone for affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing.


Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Allie Cannington | Senior Manager of Advocacy and Organizing

Isaac Haney-Owens | Communications Analyst

Opening Remarks

Mayor Sam Liccardo | City of San Jose, CA 

Councilmember Raul Peralez | District 3, City of San Jose 

Darcy McCann | Community Advisory Group

Dave Hopkins | Chief Operating Officer, Residential Development, Sares Regis Group of Northern California

Financing Partners

Heather Hood | Enterprise, Vice President and Market Leader for Northern CA 

AnaMarie Avila Farias | CalHFA, Board Member 

Kemit Mawakana | City of San Jose Housing Department, Division Manager

Closing Remarks

Will Goodman | Board Member, The Kelsey

Micaela Connery | Co-Founder and CEO, The Kelsey

Thank you to our Key to Inclusion Sponsors:

Chyleene & Jack O’Connor

Enterprise Community Partners


Please join us immediately following this event in the St. John Courtyard at San Pedro Square Market, 87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110

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Accessibility Information

All are welcome. CART (live captioning) will be provided. The celebration will take place outdoors on hard surfaces with ample space for social distancing. There will be seating options (both covered and not covered).  Food will be served at the celebration and drinks will be available for purchase. Masks are welcome but not required, and we will have masks available for those who don’t bring their own. To request any specific accommodations please email Ari at and we’re happy to support you.


We encourage you to use public transit, walk, or bike. We’re very proud of our transit oriented location!

VTA: Japantown/Ayer Stop (Served by Blue and Green line)

Bike: Bike parking available and there is a Bay Wheels/Lyft Bike station next door to the site at Ryland Park

Drive: Park at San Pedro Square Garage (across from where the celebration will take place) and it is a 15 minute walk or wheel to the site. If you need closer accessible parking email Ari at

Join us as a Key to Inclusion sponsor! 

Sponsors will be acknowledged at the groundbreaking event, grand opening, The Kelsey website, and permanently recognized for your commitment to inclusive, affordable, accessible housing as part of our lobby key wall art piece. Email LizaDawn, Director of Development, at for more information.