William C. Kelly, Jr.

Founding President (Retired)

William C. Kelly, Jr. is a Co-Founder of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF).

Prior to SAHF’s launch, Mr. Kelly was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins for 25 years. He was the co-founder of the Washington office, chair of the firm's D.C. Finance and Real Estate Department, and long-time member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, having joined the firm after serving as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. His practice focused on multifamily housing, commercial real estate, and infrastructure finance. At the start of his career, he served as a law clerk for both U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Coffin (1971-72) and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell (1972-73).

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Mr. Kelly serves on the Boards of Directors of Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the International Senior Lawyers Project, and the Governance Institute. He was awarded a Purpose Prize Fellowship, which recognizes leaders over 60 who have launched second careers innovating in the social sector, the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award from the D.C. Bar, the National Public Service Award from the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, and the Michael S. Sher Award from the Forum on Housing and Community Development Law. He was also named a “Friend of the Elderly” by the Retirement Housing Foundation and was The Peter Muller Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.




bkelly [at] sahfnet.org